Head and body length: approx. 38 cm, Tail: 16.9 - 19.3 cm
176 - 216 g
Estimated at 5,000 or more
Subtropical evergreen broadleaf forest and woodland around human cultivation and habitation
Invaded. The Amami Jay's life was upended with the appearance of the Indian small mongoose named "one of the worst Invasive species in the world" by the International Union for Conservation of nature. Endemic to japan's Amami islands, the jay ranges in search of acorns, plants, insects, spiders and reptiles. Its foraging is perilous, however, every time it touches the forest floor it risk falling prey to a mongoose. Efforts to control mongoose populations have met with success and the bird is no longer hunted for its feathers, but continued predator control and habitat protection are vital to its survival.