Year of 2017

Siberian jay, Putorana Plateau, Siberia, Russia

It may be cold outside, but this Siberian jay looks cozy in its feathers. Our wee friend was photographed in Siberia on the Putorana Plateau, a remote Arctic ecosystem that’s also home to the world’s largest herd of reindeer. Putorana translates as ‘the country of lakes with steep banks’ in the language of the Evenks, an indigenous people of the Russian Far North, and this region has more than 25,000 lakes to its name. This time of year, they’re more like ice rinks.

The Siberian jay is a jay found in north Eurasia. The species has a wide range and a large global population. It is one of three members of the genus Perisoreus, the others being the Sichuan jay, P. internigrans, restricted to the mountains of eastern Tibet and northwestern Sichuan, and the gray jay, P. canadensis, restricted to the boreal forest and western montane regions of North America. All three species store food and live year-round on permanent territories in coniferous forests. The Siberian Jay is known to wilderness travelers as a very inquisitive and fearless species, which can be seen near camps and fires, and which will even take food if some is left nearby.
Scientific name: Perisoreus infaustus
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Perisoreus
Siberian Jay Kittila
A ringed Siberian Jay (Perisoreus infaustus) in Kittilä, Finland.