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Illustration from Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia/Corbis
Steller's Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri annectens

Subspecies of Jay



First Noted by Expedition
September 20, 1805; described at Fort Clatsop, Oregon, but first seen along the Lolo Trail in Montana.
 

Description
Only western jay with a crest. Front half of bird sooty black, rear dark blue-gray; lightly streaked eyebrow, chin, and forehead markings vary considerably. Length: 12-13.5 in (30-34 cm).
 

Voice
A harsh shack-shack-shack-shack or chook-chook-chook call reveals its presence. May also mimic the screams of hawks.
 

Habitat
Coniferous forests: pine and oak woods in southern part of range, small groves and stands of mixed oak and redwood in northern California.
 

Range
Largely resident from coastal southern Alaska east to Rocky Mountains and southward into Central America.
 

Note
Steller's jay quickly becomes accustomed to campsites and human providers. It is often seen sitting quietly in treetops, surveying the surroundings.

Species information from enature.com
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