Common jay Garrulus glandarius, from here.

Belongs within: Corvoidea.
Contains: Corvus.

The Corvidae include the crows, jays and magpies, and are relatively large omnivorous passerines found worldwide. Many corvids are strikingly coloured.

Characters (from Austin 1961): Bill strong, unnotched; nostrils usually covered by forward-directed bristles. Wings with ten primaries. Legs large and strong; tarsi scaled in front, smooth behind, terminating in a ridge.

<==Corvidae [Corvinae, Garrulinae, Monedulidae]
    |  i. s.: Cissilopha melanocyanea FS55
    |           |--C. m. melanocyanea FS55
    |           `--C. m. chavezi FS55
    |         Miocorvus Lambrecht 1933 [=Miocorax Lambrecht 1933] M02
    |           `--*M. larteti (Milne-Edwards 1871) [=Corvus larteti] M02
    |         Crypsirina Vieillot 1816 [Crypsirinidae] B94
    |           |--C. formosae VP89
    |           |    |--C. f. formosae VP89
    |           |    `--C. f. sinica VP89
    |           `--C. varians S89 [=Corvus varians W66]
    |         Platylophus Swainson 1832 [incl. Lophocitta Gray 1841; Lophocittidae] B94
    |         Dendrocitta Gould 1833 [Dendrocittidae] B94
    |           |--D. himalayensis S89
    |           |--D. leucogastra RD02
    |           `--D. vagabunda RD02
    |         Zavattariornis Moltoni 1938 [Zavattariornithidae] B94
    |         Psilorhinus Rüppell 1837 B94
    |         Physocorax moneduloides S13
    |         Gazzola typica S13
    |--+--Temnurus Lesson 1831 JF06, B94 [Temnuridae]
    |  |    `--T. temnurus JF06
    |  `--Pyrrhocorax Tunstall 1771 JF06, B94 (see below for synonymy)
    |       |--*P. pyrrhocorax (Linnaeus 1758) (see below for synonymy) M02
    |       `--P. graculus (Linnaeus 1766) (see below for synonymy) M02
    `--+--+--Cissa Boie 1826 JF06, B94 [Cissidae]
       |  |    |--C. chinensis A61
       |  |    `--C. ornata A61
       |  `--Urocissa JF06
       |       |--U. erythrorhyncha VP89
       |       `--U. sinensis S66
       `--+--+--Cyanopica cyana JF06
          |  `--Perisoreus JF06
          |       |--P. canadensis FP64
          |       |--P. infaustus ZJM03
          |       `--P. internigrans JF06
          `--+--Cyanolyca JF06
             |    |--C. turcosa A61
             |    `--C. viridicyana JF06
             `--+--+--Garrulus Brisson 1760 JF06, M02
                |  |    |--G. glandarius (Linnaeus 1758) [=Corvus glandarius] M02
                |  |    |    |--G. g. glandarius VP89
                |  |    |    |--G. g. brandtii T89
                |  |    |    `--G. g. sinensis VP89
                |  |    |--G. leucotis S89
                |  |    `--G. lidthi Bonaparte 1850 I92
                |  `--+--+--Ptilostomus afer JF06
                |     |  `--Podoces JF06
                |     |       |--P. biddulphi JF06
                |     |       `--P. hendersoni JF06
                |     `--+--Pica Brisson 1760 JF06, M02 [Picacidae]
                |        |    `--P. pica (Linnaeus 1758) [=Corvus pica] M02
                |        |         |--P. p. pica I92
                |        |         `--P. p. sericea Gould 1845 I92
                |        `--+--Corvus JF06
                |           `--Nucifraga Brisson 1760 JF06, B94 [Nucifragidae]
                |                |--N. caryocatactes (Linnaeus 1758) [=Corvus caryocatactes] M02
                |                `--N. columbiana FP64
                `--+--+--Calocitta formosa JF06
                   |  |    |--C. f. formosa FS55
                   |  |    `--C. f. pompata FS55
                   |  `--Cyanocorax Boie 1826 JF06, B94 [Cyanocoracidae]
                   |       |--C. beecheii SWK87
                   |       |--C. caeruleus CM07
                   |       |--C. chrysops JF06
                   |       |--C. cyanomelas FP64
                   |       `--C. violaceus SS66
                   `--+--Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus JF06
                      |--Aphelocoma Cabanis 1851 JF06, B94 [Aphelocomidae]
                      |    |--A. californica JF06
                      |    |--A. coerulescens C98
                      |    `--A. ultramarina C98
                      `--Cyanocitta Strickland 1845 JF06, B94 [Cyanocittidae]
                           |--C. cristata FP64
                           |--C. stelleri WH02
                           `--C. ultramarina FP64

Pyrrhocorax Tunstall 1771 JF06, B94 [incl. Fregilus Cuvier 1816 B94; Fregilidae, Pyrrhocoracidae]

Pyrrhocorax graculus (Linnaeus 1766) [=Corvus graculus; incl. P. graculus vetus Kretzoi in Mourer-Chauviré 1975] M02

*Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax (Linnaeus 1758) [=Upupa pyrrhocorax; incl. P. pyrrhocorax primigenius Milne-Edwards 1875] M02

*Type species of generic name indicated


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[ZJM03] Zeffer, A., L. C. Johansson & Å. Marmebro. 2003. Functional correlation between habitat use and leg morphology in birds (Aves). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 79: 461-484.

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