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Steller's jay (coastal)

Cyanocitta stelleri

Description:

The adult coastal morph/western-variety is distinguished by blue streaks on its black crest.

Habitat:

Seen perched on an evergreen tree in a forest at an altitude of around 5000 feet in Mount Rainier National Park.

Notes:

It was my first sighting of this west coast bird! It's also known as a mountain or pine jay. Stellar's jays found in the western interior differ from the coastal morph in that the former have white-streaked crests. There are possibly 16 subspecies.

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2 Comments

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 4 weeks ago

Thank you, Tukup! You’re lucky to have seen a gray jay... it’s on my list. :)

Tukup
Tukup 4 weeks ago

Great spotting Mauna. I saw my first Steller's Jay (along with the Canadian/Gray Jay) last month in the mountains of Colorado. I'll have to see if I can spot the difference in the crests. Thanks for the tip. Hope to post it soon. Good to see some new spottings again :-)

mauna Kunzah
Spotted by
mauna Kunzah

Washington, USA

Lat: 46.78, Long: -121.74

Spotted on Jun 13, 2019
Submitted on Sep 21, 2019

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