Stellerís Jays

Stellerís Jay Tracks

Natural History of Stellerís Jays


A Stellerís jay is a blue bird with a black crest and tufts of feathers on top of the head. This is the only California jay with a crest.

They are common in campgrounds and have been called "camp robbers" because of their habit of stealing food from picnic tables. Although noisy and conspicuous in campgrounds, they are quiet when near their nest sites. They are very secretive about hiding their nests.

Their tracks, which are smaller than those of the raven, show three toes facing forward and one toe facing backward.

They eat many things, including the young of other birds, fruit, berries, seeds, insects, and human food. Stellerís jays are bold and will grab food right off a picnic table if you turn your back.

Stellerís jays can imitate the calls of the red-tailed hawk and the golden eagle.

Jays will sit on fence posts or treetops to survey their surroundings. Because they spend much of their time in trees, the tracks you find on the ground will be paired.

Personal Notes on Stellerís Jays

These birds are common around the campgrounds I work in. They will raid a picnic table quite boldly. I have had them land on the table and hop to within inches of me to grab a morsel of food that was dropped. I once saw two thrushes chasing a jay that had made off with one of their young. They apperently thought they could get it back. Sadly, that was not the case. So, the jay enjoys an occasional nestling in its diet.


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