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Steller's jay
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanocitta
Species: Cyanocitta stelleri

The Steller's jay (cyanocitta stelleri) is a bird in the Corvid family.

DescriptionEdit

It is usually about 30-34 cm long, and weights 100-140 g. Its wingspan measures about 44 cm. It has got relatively short, rounded wings, a long, rounded tail that looks rather wide when fully spread, and a tuft of feathers on its head. It is very similar and closely related to the blue jay, but has a generally darker plumage. Its head and throat are black, its back is dark blue-grey, while its underbelly, wings, and tail are blue in colour.

Distribution, habitat, behaviourEdit

It is native to western North America. Like many other corvids, the Steller's jay is omnivorous, eating seeds, invertebrates, chicks and eggs, small vertebrates, fruit and berries. This bird's typical habitat are coniferous forests. It lives in flocks, except for the period in which it nests and breeds.