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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 towards 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 interiors of Alaska, throughout the northern territories, eastern prairie provinces, right across the continenet into Newfoundland and Labrador. The other is the Canada Jay (North-western), seen from the southern borders of the Yukon Territory, south through British Columbia and its ocean islands. Right through to the northern California borders on the western side of the Rocky Mountains.
The Canada Jay has once again retained it given name, known as such right into the 1950's. At that time it was renamed to 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 nick-named 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.