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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 live as part of a crowd, with as many as 500 members in the clan. They prefer habitat near Pinyon and Ponderosa Pines. Science has studied these birds extensively near Flagstaff (Arizona). These birds do not migrate, but will wander over sizeable areas sometimes in search of pine seeds.

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

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