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Steller's Jay

Geai de Steller

Cyanocitta stelleri

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There are a number of sub-species of the Steller's Jay. In North America, north of the Rio Grande River, there are mainly two races. One is the Steller's Jay (Coastal), found along the Pacific coast, usually west of the Rocky Mountain, from southern Alaska, southward to the southern boundaries of California. The Steller's Jay (Interior) is seen on the east side of the Rocky Mountains from British Columbia southward into New Mexico. There are more races in Mexico and Central America.

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter
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The Steller's Jay is a very attractive bird. It is a member of the "corvidae" family, the same group as the crows and ravens. It is a bold and noisy bird that can be seen around backyard bird feeders.

Steller's Jay Calls

  1. Click to hear Choice 1
  2. Click to hear Choice 2

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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