Images: Miya Warrington
Siberian jays are family-living corvids and fledged juveniles either stay with their parents or disperse into other family groups to become a non-breeder. Non-breeders assist with territorial and antipredator defence, but do not care for young. While Siberian jays are not cooperatively breeders, groups vary in social features demonstrating social flexibility. As climatic warming is changing snow cover features in the polar regions, Siberian jays are likely negatively impacted as they cache food to survive the winter. Our current projects investigate the drivers of variation in social interactions of Siberian jays, and their behavioural adaptations to the negative impacts of climate change.
Image: Michael Griesser