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Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanocitta
Species: stelleri


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska
, British Columbia
Cut Bank, Montana
West Glacier, Montana
Gold Hill, Oregon
Grants Pass, Oregon
Lakewood, Washington
Shelton, Washington
Shoreline, Washington
Stanwood, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Lander, Wyoming
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Members' Notes:


On Jun 15, 2017, AFinSD from San Diego, CA wrote:

Sighted this bird recently at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, North San Diego County. Beautiful feathers, interesting call.

Tended to stay in the trees, not much venturing onto the ground or picnic tables.


On Mar 10, 2013, HeidiKHandmade from Vancouver, WA wrote:

Beautiful plumage, shy bird. I've seen them most often where there are lots of trees they can hide in and a large feeding station is available.


On Jan 6, 2012, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Beautiful birds. Even though I know it's incorrect, I call them blue jays. They are humerous to watch trying to get to the suet feeders. Too large to latch on and take a bite, so they end up hop-flying up for a quick grab, like a pogo stick.


On Jan 23, 2010, mcash70 from Logan Lake, BC (Zone 3a) wrote:

I have many Steller's jays visit my yard all year round, if I'm busy and don't give them their peanuts they will come sit on the deck railing and look in my window, sometimes they will even tap on the glass with their bill to get my attention.
After nesting in the summer the parents bring the fledglings to my yard and teach them to beg for peanuts. This fall we had ten birds at one time, the most ever.
They are extremely smart, friendly beautiful birds and I just love them!


On Sep 1, 2009, catmom1 from Grants Pass, OR wrote:

This is really the smartest bird at my feeders, everytime I add anything new they seem to figure it out first.


On Aug 9, 2009, the1pony from (Pony) Lakewood, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

These guys can be rather obnoxious, but I still love them. With time and patience, you can get them to take peanuts from your hands. At our old house, I couldn't go outside without them flocking around me and demanding their peanut fix.


On Jan 19, 2009, lauragene from Lander, WY (Zone 4a) wrote:

These beautiful jays are found in forested mountain areas around Lander, WY. I have not seen them flocking, but instead have met individual birds with a lot of moxie. They are cheeky, charming beggars in summer, flying down from the pines around Lewis Lake to land on picnic tables, hopping right up to ask for a bite of your sandwich.