Stellers Jay

Other Names:  Long-crested Jay, Mountain Jay, Pine Jay

Distribution: western North America, south through Costa Rica.

Stellers Jay distribution range map

Description:

Size: 30-34 cm in length with a 42-46 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Sooty black on the front half, and dark blue-gray on the rear half, with tight black crossbarring on the flight feathers and tail. Lightly streaked eyebrow, chin, and forehead markings are highly variable between individuals. The legs, beak, and eyes are black.

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Stellers Jay

Stellers Jay

Bill Shape
all-purpose
long billed
Eats
cracked-corn
suet
sunflower-seed
Regions
alaska
alberta
arizona
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
idaho
illinois
kansas
mexico
montana
nebraska
nevada
new mexico
oklahoma
oregon
quebec
saskatchewan
south dakota
texas
utah
washington
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
long tailed
Wing Shape
broad-wings
rounded-wings
Action
hopping
Behavior
jerks
Markings
head
Sounds
screeching
staccato
melodious
Location
ground dwelling
low perching
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
fir forest
oakpinewoodland
Forests
Color
blue
brown
gray
rust
Body Shape
perching
Size
medium
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
jays, magpies and crows - corvidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species