Description - Stellers' Jay
Measuring 15 to 20 centimetres in length, the crest, back, and breast are blackish, the belly, wings and tail are a very distinctive deep blue.
Voice of the Stellers’ Jay:
Stellers’ jay is known as the loudest of all the jays. Found at sea level and high on the mountain slopes of the west, this bird lives its life much like its eastern relative, the blue jay. This bird’s call is a loud Shaack! Shaack! Shaack! And they are also capable of mimicking the screams of hawks.
Near its nest site, it is silent and shy.
Habitat of the Stellers’ Jay:
The habitat of this bird is coniferous forests consisting of pine and fir. Small groves and stands of mixed balsam, fir and spruce make up this birds home on Vancouver Island.
Nesting Habits of the Stellers’ Jay:
The nest is a sturdy cup of sticks and twigs lined with small roots, fibres and mud, located 2 to 3 meters above ground, on a branch or in a crotch of a conifer.
The female incubates the eggs for about 16 days although the nestling period is unknown.
Feeding Habits of the Stellers’ Jay:
These birds feed on nuts, seeds, fruits, and insects. Somewhat skittish in the woods, these birds quickly become accustomed to their human providers in camp-sites and rural areas.