Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)

Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri
Location:  Estes Park, Colorado, USA

The Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  is a resident of evergreen forest areas of western North America, especially at higher elevations.  This individual was photographed in the town of Estes Park, Colorado near the eastern border of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Steller's Jays are large songbirds that belong to the family Corvidae.  The family includes crows, ravens and magpies along with jays.  Like their eastern cousins, the Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata), Steller's Jays are omnivores and are also known to rob the nests of other bird species.  They are good mimics, able to imitate the calls of other birds as well as the chirps of small mammals like squirrels.

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