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Beautiful brown corvid, size of pigeon, with azure blue wing panels and streaked crown and black "moustaches". Lovely and very smart bird, discreet and difficult to observe because it is always well hidden; and, in forests, often the first "sentinelle" to alert other animals of foreign presence by it's loud screams - this loud calls are the origins of this species in some languages, such is in bosnian/croatian 'Šojka kreštalica', meaning: "Jay screamer"...
Found in trees on river bank, in countryside near an inland town of Herzegovina; rural part with mixed forest in Mediterranean inland. Common palearctic species, distributed throughout Europe and Asia.
Here one of european sub-species recognized by that streaked crown. I recently posted a Caucasian race of black crown, here for the reference: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/20...
Spotted on Aug 10, 2019
Submitted on Aug 10, 2019