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Steller's Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri

Order:
Passeriformes
Family:
Corvidae
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Photos from this Account

Adult Steller's Jay; Vasona Park, Santa Clara Co., CA; October.

Adult Steller's Jay, probably ssp. carbonacea. This ssp. is resident in coastal central California, from Marin County south to Monterey County. Similar to C. s. paralia, but paler overall, and blue forehead streaks more extensive. Black crest, no white spot over eye, blackish-grey upperparts, contrasting sky-blue underparts. Taken 5 October, 2012 at Vasona Park, Santa Clara Co., CA. The following is a link to this contributor's Flickr stream: hawk person.

Juvenile Steller's Jay; Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Co., CA; July.

Juvenile Steller's Jay, probably C. s. carbonacea. Juvenile has sooty gray head and body; crest shorter than that of adult and lacking any blue frontal streaks. Bill darkens by onset of Prebasic I molt. Taken 6 July, 2012 at Strawberry Hill, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA. The following is a link to this contributor's Flickr stream: hawk person.

Steller's Jay nest; Cuyamaca Mts.

Nest is a bulky structure of plant fibers, dry leaves, moss, and sticks mixed with mud; lined with coarse rootlets, pine needles, and animal hairs inside the mud base.; Cuyamaca Mts., San Diego Co., California. 29 May 1922. Ruler is in cm.; photographer Rene Corado

Steller's Jay clutch; 5 mi SW of Oswego, Oregon.

Eggs are bluish green, and irregularly marked with small, irregular dark brown, purplish brown, or olive spots.: Oswego, Oregon. 5 May 1948. Ruler is in cm.; photographer Rene Corado

Adult Steller's Jay; Victoria, BC; October.

Steller's Jay, probably C. s. stelleri or C. s. paralia. Both subspecies present in sw British Columbia, and hybridization common. Both ssp. characterized by black crest; head dark blue-black; forehead with small, light blue streaks; white eyearcs lacking; throat pale and streaked gray. Neck and mantle dark blue-black; ventrum deep, dark blue; wing coverts blue with faint darker barring; rectrices indigo with narrow black barring, especially toward the tip. Taken 3 October, 2008 by Glenn Bartley.  The following is a link to this contributor's webpage: Glenn Bartley.

Adult Steller's Jay in flight; Eagle Co., CO; January.

Adult Steller's Jay in flight, probably C. s. macrolopha. This ssp. is resident in the s. Rocky Mountains from Nevada east to w. South Dakota and south to n. Sonora and Chihuahua. In general, the wings of Steller's Jays appear rounded and broad in flight, as does the tail. Flight pattern is strong and deliberate wingbeats; almost entirely below horizontal. Taken 18 January, 2012, at Vail, Eagle County, Colorado. The following is a link to this contributor's Flickr stream: Carole Findlay.

Adult Steller's Jay (ssp. carlottae); Haida Gwaii, BC.

Adult Steller's Jay (C. s. carlottae). Resident on Haida Gwaii, this subspecies is the largest and darkest overall.  The crest, back, and mantle are a deep black.  The throat shows more diffuse gray than mainland subspecies, and the ventrum, wings, and tail are paler. Forehead may have faint blue markings. Taken at Tlell, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada. The following is a link to this contributor's website: John Burrill.

Adult Steller's Jay; Snohomish Co., WA; May.

Adult Steller's Jay, probably C. s. paralia. This ssp. is resident coastally from sw. British Columbia south to nw. California. C. s. paralia is similar to C. s. stelleri, but paler overall, and averages smaller. Crest black; head dark blue-black; forehead with small, light blue streaks; white eyearcs lacking. Throat pale and streaked gray; neck and mantle dark blue-black. Ventrum deep, dark blue; wing coverts blue with faint darker barring; rectrices indigo with narrow black barring, especially toward the tip. Taken 13 May, 2013, at South Everett, Mill Creek, Snohomish Co., Washington. The following is a link to this contributor's Flickr stream: Nick Dean.

Adult Steller's Jay; Bernalillo Co., NM; December.

Adult Steller's Jay, probably C. s. macrolopha. This ssp. is resident in the s. Rocky Mountains from Nevada east to w. South Dakota and south to n. Sonora and Chihuahua. C. s. macrolopha is similar to C. s. annectens, but mark above eye bolder, whiter, and more extensive (extending to below the eye), and gray throat patch deeper (extending into upper breast). Crest is long and glossy, and contrast is sharper between the face and crest and the gray of the mantle. Taken 17 December, at Sandia Peak, Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The following is a link to this contributor's Flickr stream: Randy Floyd.

Adult Steller's Jay; Rogers Pass, BC; June.

Adult Steller's Jay, probably ssp. annectens. This ssp. is resident in the n. Rocky Mts. from e. British Columbia and sw. Alberta south to ne. Oregon, n. Idaho, w. Montana, and nw. Wyoming. C. s. annectens appears similar to C. s. stelleri, but is somewhat paler overall so that there is greater contrast between the black-blue head and gray-blue dorsum. This spp. has blue forehead markings, and a silvery-white spot above (and sometimes also below) the eye. Taken 10 June, 2011, at Glacier National Park Headquarters, Rogers Pass, British Colombia, Canada. The following is a link to this contributor's Flickr stream: Simon Plat.

Adult Steller's Jay; Rancho San Rafael Park, Washoe Co., NV; December.

Adult Steller's Jay, probably C. s. frontalis. This ssp. is resident from central Oregon south through the mountains of e. California and w.-central Nevada. C. s. frontalis is similar to C. s. annectens, but head grayish black, crest feathers tipped blue, blue streaks on forehead extended posteriorly over the crown, and dorsum light sky blue. Lacks white over/under eye. Taken 23 December, 2012 at Rancho San Rafael Park, Washoe County, Nevada. The following is a link to this contributor's eBird checklist: Tim Lenz.

Steller's Jay nestlings in nest; Linn Co., OR; May.

Steller's Jay nestlings in nest in a Rhododendron. Taken 31 May, 2009 at Albany, Linn County, Oregon. The following is a link to this contributor's Flickr stream: Floyd Bond.

Recommended Citation

Walker, Lauren E., Peter Pyle, Michael A. Patten, Erick Greene, William Davison and Vincent R. Muehter. 2016. Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.343