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Pinyon Jay

Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus

The Pinyon Jay occurs in western North America from central Oregon to northern Baja California and east as far as western Oklahoma and will always be found as part of a crowd. They prefer habitat near Pinyon and Ponderosa Pines. Much study of these birds has been done in Flagstaff Arizona.

Pinyon Jays are the only member of the Corvid clan NOT to have bristle feathers over their nostrils. It is believed this helps them probe deeper into the crevices of pinecones to extract seeds without fowling their feathers with pine pitch.

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