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Steller's Jay

By Noah Austin

If you’ve hiked, camped or had a picnic lunch in one of Arizona’s forested areas, chances are the Steller’s jay has made an appearance. A close relative of the blue jay, the Steller’s jay was discovered by naturalist Georg Steller on an Alaskan island in 1741. It has a black head, a black upper body, a more slender bill and longer legs to distinguish it from its Eastern cousin. It also has an appetite for human food, making it a frequent visitor to campgrounds and picnic areas in the western United States.

When they aren’t pilfering campers’ rations or begging for handouts with loud, raspy calls, Steller’s jays forage in trees. While two-thirds of their diet is vegetable matter, they also scavenge other bird species’ eggs and nestlings, invertebrates, and small rodents.

In the forest, Steller’s jays generally stick to the high canopy, but even when out of sight, the birds make their presence known with a diverse array of squawks, rattles and screams. In flight, they’ve been described as graceful and almost lazy, flying with long swoops on their broad, rounded wings. They typically form monogamous, long-term pairs and remain together year-round, nesting in conifers and sharing the task of feeding their young.

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