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Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
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Steller's Jays (Cyanocitta stelleri)

General Description: Steller's Jays (Cyanocitta stelleri) are noisy blue birds with a black crest. The head, neck, and back are black, and there is a bit of a line (either white or blue) above the eyes.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Corvidae. There are 16 subspecies, but only two around Las Vegas: an interior form (Mt. Charleston, Rocky Mts.; Cyanocitta stelleri macrolopha) with white on the forehead, and a Pacific form (Sierra Nevada Mts., Cascade Mts., and coastal areas; Cyanocitta stelleri frontalis) with blue on the forehead.

Favored Habitat: Higher-elevation mountains. Uncommon in the Yellow Pine and higher life zones on Mt. Charleston.

Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for Steller's Jays in Kyle Canyon and other higher-elevation areas on Mt. Charleston, especially in campgrounds and picnic areas where they look for food scraps.

If you were a tasty bug or a little pine seed in Yosemite, this might be the last face you ever see!

Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Interior Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri macrolopha);
forehead lines white; eye lines white
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Pacific Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri stelleri)
forehead lines blue; eye lines black
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Interior Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Interior Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Pacific Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Pacific Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Belly is blue
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Quite a crest!
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay juvenile; note the yellow lips
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay juvenile; note the yellow lips
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay; Portal, Arizona
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay; Portal, Arizona
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay; Portal, Arizona
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)
Steller's Jay; Portal, Arizona
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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