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Steller's Jay, Long-crested Jay, Mountain Jay, or Pine Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)

Cyanocitta stelleri / Steller's Jay, Long-crested Jay, Mountain Jay, or Pine Jay *American jays

Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus). 9-11 3/4" (23-30 cm). A stocky, short-tailed jay. Long slender bill gives it a resemblance to Clark's Nutcracker. Gray-blue, darkest on head, with white streaking on throat. Crow-like flight and flocking habits. Habitat: Ponderosa pine, pinyon-juniper, and forests of mixed pine and oak. Range: Central Oregon and Montana southward to central Arizona, New Mexico, and extreme northwestern Oklahoma.

Pinyon Jay (Zane Grey's blue jay in Arizona and Utah) Photo by Glenn Bartley / birds

Western Scrub Jay  - Have you ever seen a scrub jay and a squirrel fight over bird seed?  I have -- they were so funny to watch.

Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) Have you ever seen a scrub jay and a squirrel fight over bird seed? I have -- they were so funny to watch.

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