Steller's jay

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Stel·ler's jay

A crested bird (Cyanocitta stelleri) of western North America and Central America, having sooty-brown and blue plumage with a black head.

[After Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709-1746), German naturalist.]
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Stel′ler's jay′

(ˈstɛl ərz)
a common crested jay, Cyanocitta stelleri, of W North America, having blackish brown and dusky blue plumage.
[1820–30, Amer.; after Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709–46), German naturalist]
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noticing when the hummingbird or deer or Steller's jay pauses
Sylvester Allred (a retired biology professor from Northern Arizona University), "Jabber the Steller's Jay" is a children's picture book takes reader through the first year of life of Jabber, a Steller's jay.
For bird watchers of all levels of expertise, there's a lot to see and hear right from the start - Siporin hears a ruby-crowned kinglet, and a Steller's jay calls out and then flies through the tree canopy above all of us.
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I slumped into a deep couch and nibbled alder-smoked salmon and sipped a glass of Sumac Ridge Steller's Jay, a British Columbia sparkling wine with notes of toast and citrus, fine enough to have come from Epernay, France.
"After the hawk's last scream, a Steller's jay sounded the alarm with its harsh wah call," recalls Ficken.
In contrast, the Steller's jay and blue jay appear to have, diverged more than 5 million years ago.
Within minutes, it was visited by a Steller's jay and a flock of sparrows.
The central Sierra: big trees, Dinkey Lakes It's the calm lap of lake water against a canoe, the crunch of pipe needles underfoot, and the squawk of a Steller's jay. Grocery stores stock white gas and night crawlers, T-bone steak reigns as king of the restaurant menu, and you're never more than 10-minute hike from some heart-tugging view of granite peaks.
The two jays that frequent Western gardens are the scrub jay and the Steller's jay (see box on page 196).