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Steller's Jay

Steller's Jay
Photo Information
Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-27 17:40
Viewed: 1880
Points: 8
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Steller's Jay
Cyanocitta stelleri

Cool Facts

Steller's and Blue jays are the only North American jays with crests. The Blue Jay is expanding its range westward. Where they meet, the two species occasionally interbreed and produce hybrids.

Stellerís Jays have the dubious honor of being one of the most frequently misspelled names in all of bird watching. Up close, the birdís dazzling mix of azure and blue is certainly stellar, but thatís not how you spell their name. Stellerís Jays were discovered on an Alaskan island in 1741 by Georg Steller, a naturalist on a Russian explorerís ship. When a scientist officially described the species, in 1788, they named it after him Ė along with other discoveries including the Stellerís sea lion and Stellerís Sea-Eagle.

The Steller's Jay and the Blue Jay are the only New World jays that use mud to build their nests.

The Steller's Jay shows a great deal of variation in appearance throughout its range, with some populations featuring black crests and backs, and others blue. One black-crested form in southern Mexico is surrounded by eight other blue-crested forms.

Stellerís Jays are habitual nest-robbers, like many other jay species. Theyíve occasionally been seen attacking and killing small adult birds including a Pygmy Nuthatch and a Dark-eyed Junco.

An excellent mimic with a large repertoire, the Stellerís Jay can imitate birds, squirrels, cats, dogs, chickens, and some mechanical objects.

The oldest recorded Stellerís Jay was 16 years 1 month old.


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Superb shot, Manyee, even though you clipped off a bit of the bird's crest, obviously unintentionally.
Amazing sharpness and natural colors.
Thanks for coming back with a picture after a sizable hiatus.

A super Macro, indeed!!!
Quite sharp and detailed.
Great natural colours.
We enjoy the company of the Blue Jay even within the city itself; however, I've never been able to register it.
In fact, one visits me occasionally. But no cigar!!!
Best and most kind regards,
From Mario.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-09-28 12:56]

Hi Manyee,you cut a bit the crest and the tail but no problem,the quality of the pic and the beauty of this specie are great! A very bright blue of plumage caught in the best exposure and fine detail everywhere,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-09-29 19:19]

Hello Manyee,
I got a quick glimpse of one of these beautiful western jays a few years ago, but never had the opportunity for a photo. How neat to see you captured this lovely specimen up close like this. Looks like it was so close you couldn't get it entirely into the frame, but still a great shot. I love the rich colors and nice detail you managed to obtain.

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