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Steller’s Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri

The Steller’s Jay is native to western North America. They prefer conifer habitats of 3,000 to 10,000 feet elevation, though near the coast of northwest North America they may be found down to sea level.

One name used in past times is “Long-Crested Jay”. These birds are closely related to the Blue Jay, which has expanded its eastern North America range to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. There, where the ranges overlap, they have been known to interbreed.

Like most jays, these birds are opportunistic feeders and will exploit opportunities, either man-made or naturally occurring. Camp robbing, nest robbing, plant or animal based food sources are all fair game to them.

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