Other Names: Long-crested Jay, Mountain Jay, Pine Jay
Distribution: western North America, south through Costa Rica.
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.