In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Blue jays prefer living in evergreen forests, but they can also be found in farmlands, groves, and suburbs.
- Disturbance after eggs are laid provides opportunities for predation by carrion crows, jays, kestrels, magpies, foxes and mink.
- It has been estimated that a single jay could ‘plant’ up to 3000 acorns in a single month.
- Anyone who has watched crows, jays, ravens and other members of the corvid family will know they're anything but ‘birdbrained.’
- Such avian predators as European jays and great-spotted woodpeckers cannot open the nest-boxes at the study area, whereas martens easily enter nest-boxes by removing the top.
- West Nile virus infects many different bird species, but it appears to be lethal to crows, jays, and hawks.
- A number of jays live in family groups, but sharing of cached food has not been demonstrated.
- Blue jays are among the most colourful and intelligent back yard visitors.
- The corvines - crows, rooks, jays, magpies and jackdaws - are relentless stealers of other birds' eggs and chicks.
- Take a moment and picture what you expect to see: familiar trees and flowers, perhaps singing robins or squawking jays.
English has borrowed many of the following foreign expressions of parting, so you’ve probably encountered some of these ways to say goodbye in other languages.
Many words formed by the addition of the suffix –ster are now obsolete - which ones are due a resurgence?
As their breed names often attest, dogs are a truly international bunch. Let’s take a look at 12 different dog breed names and their backstories.