Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 6, 2018

Gray Jays Get Their Old Name Back: Canada Jay

CornellLab of Ornithology reports

Perisoreus canadensis was known as the Canada Jay from the 19th century until 1957—when the American Ornithologists’ Union changed the bird’s common name to Gray Jay.

The name change was considered a double slight by many Canadian ornithologists and birders: the loss of a national moniker compounded by an Americanized spelling of gray (not grey). [See Canada’s Gray Jay Debate, Winter 2018]

But now, the bird is the Canada Jay again, after a 9-to-1 vote by a committee of the American Ornithological Society (as the AOU is now called) to restore the species’s official common name.

Read full story at  Gray Jays Get Their Old Name Back: Hello Canada Jay! | All About Birds


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