Here are some cool facts about the bird.
Thanks Bob. Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the incredible detail of the feathers.
- The Steller's Jay and the Blue Jay are the only New World jays that use mud in the construction of 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.
- The Steller's Jay periodically irrupts away from its normal range. Most of these far-ranging individuals appear to be young birds.
- 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.