About 33 centimetres long, the pinkish, grey-brown jay has a whitish throat and a strong bill. It has a light blue and black panel on its wing. Its crown feathers can be raised, making its head look pointed. In flight, the white rump contrasts strongly with the black tail.
This resident bird breeds in various types of woodland and in larger wooded parks. It can be found throughout Europe.
The jay eats a variety of foods but prefers acorns, which it stores in autumn as food for winter.