Pink-brown upperparts; lighter underparts; black moustache, crown, lower back, and tail; blue and white wing patches.
Timid. Collects and buries acorns for winter. Attacks owls violently in the daytime to avoid falling prey to them at night. Mimics other bird calls, even while attacking them.
Feeds on insects, rodents, reptiles, small birds, fruit, and seeds (especially acorns).
Woodlands and urban areas in northwestern Jordan, including Amman and Jerash. Nests in pine and oak trees.