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There are a number of sub-species of the Canada Jay seen in North America, some with subtle differences from the others and only the location would be the best indicator as to what sub-species it is. Below are examples of two of the races. The Canada Jay (Boreal) is seen across the widest range and is the most common. It can be found from the interior of Alaska, throughout the northern territories, eastern prairie provinces and right across the continent into Newfoundland and Labrador. The other is the Canada Jay (Northern), and is seen from the southern borders of the Yukon Territory, south through British Columbia and its ocean islands as well as right through to the northern California borders on the western side of the Rocky Mountains.
The Canada Jay has once again retained its given name, as it was known into the 1950's. At that time it was renamed the "Gray Jay". This is a very friendly bird. Always welcoming people in parking lots, campgrounds or cabins in the woods. It has also been nicknamed the "Camp Robber" or the "Whiskey Jack". These forest birds do not migrate and are one of the few bird species that store food in caches in order to survive the cold winter months.