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Steller's Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri


The Steller’s Jay is a large, crested jay, being the only crested jay west of the Rocky Mountains. The head and neck are black, the body a light blue underneath changing to a light gray on top and the wings and tail are bright blue. It has prominent white eyebrows that are quite striking against the dark black surrounding it.


Steller’s jays are found along the Rocky Mountains and west from Mexico to Alaska. This one was seen in a pine forest of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado at an elevation of 2,800 masl.


This was a really active bird, not allowing any pictures the first couple times I saw it. Then, after a rain, it came to drink out of a gutter on a building (foto #5) and I caught him there and on its favorite perch . . . but not for long :-) There were two, but only one was cooperative. The other was camera shy, I guess :-)

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Tukup a year ago

And our lists continues to grow :-)

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

Now we’ve both seen steller’s jays!

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Colorado, USA

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

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