Stellar's Jay

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Common Name: Stellar’s Jay

Scientific Name: Cyanocitta stelleri

Size: 12-13 inches (30-34cm)

Habitat: North America; West of the Rockies in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Found in conifer forests; generally in higher elevations.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 4,400,000 mature adults. Protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty of 1918 in the United States.

Diet: Nuts, seeds and insects.

Breeding: Male and female look alike. They built nests of twigs, sticks and sometimes mud, laying 1 to 6 eggs.

Cool Facts: Jays peck at food while holding with their feet. The only jays in the North and South America to build nests with mud are Steller's Jay and the Blue Jay.

The Steller's Jay shows a great deal of variation in appearance depending ob it’s location. The black-crested form is found in southern Mexico. Younger birds are known to stray from their normal range.

Steller's and Blue jays are the only North American jays with crests. The Blue Jay is expanding its range westward. Where they meet, the two species occasionally interbreed and produce hybrids.


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