Steller's Jay

About the Steller's Jay

The Steller’s Jay is a species of corvid native to western North America. They are closely related to Blue Jays. Steller’s Jays have deep blue plumage with black heads and upper-bodies.

Steller’s Jays are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal matter, including nuts, seeds, berries, eggs, invertebrates, and even eggs and nestlings of other birds. Like other jay species, Steller’s Jays will cache food like acorns and seeds during a time of plenty to be consumed later.

Steller’s Jays are gregarious, and noisy. They have many different calls and vocalizations, including calls that imitate birds of prey and warning calls which other species recognize.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 08 December 2010
Scientific Name
Cyanocitta stelleri
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Cyanocitta
  • C. stelleri
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
11.5 inches
19 inches
3.7 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) sojka Stellerova
Danish (Dansk) Fyrreskade
Finnish (Suomi) samettinärhi
French (Français) Geai de Steller
German (Deutsch) Diademhäher
Italian (Italiano) Ghiandaia di Steller
Japanese (日本語) ステラアカケス (sutera-kakesu)
Norwegian (Norsk) Furuskrike
Polish (Polski) modrosójka czarnoglowa
Russian (русский язык) черноголовая голубая сойка
Spanish (Español) Chara de Steller
Swedish (Svenska) Stellerskrika
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