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Canada jay

Perisoreus canadensis


Formerly and still commonly called the Gray Jay, this bird's name was changed from gray jay to Canada jay by the American Ornithological Society in 2018. It is a medium sized bird that is lacking the crest that many other jays have. It is gray underneath with dark slate gray wings and tail and a black cap on the back of its head extending forward to the eyes. The rest of the head, neck and breast of the male is white, in the female a dark gray.


These birds were seen in a pine forest of the Colorado Rocky Mountains at an elevation of 2,800 masl.


These were much more cooperative than the Steller's Jay which allowed for better pictures. Like the Steller's Jay it came to the gutter of a building to drink after a rain. I just thought the last picture was too unique to omit :-)

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2019
Submitted on Oct 12, 2019

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