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Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
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Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)

General Description: Gray Jays (Perisoreus canadensis) are small, noisy jays without any blue and without a crest. The wings, back, and tail are dark gray, and the underparts are light gray. The head is white except for differing amounts of black on the top of the head and nape. Juveniles are dark, sooty gray overall with a bit of a light mustache mark.

There are three subspecies of Gray Jay. The three differ in the amount of dark gray atop the head. The subspecies pictured here, P. c. obscurus, occurs along the Pacific coast from Washington to northern California; it has the most dark atop the head. Closer to home, the subspecies P. c. capitalis of the southern Rocky Mountains is all white atop the head with just the nape showing black.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Corvidae.

Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)

Favored Habitat: Forested areas, generally in higher-elevation mountains.

Where to Find: Don't look for Gray Jays around Las Vegas. Rather, look for .

Comments: These birds are brave and clever camp robbers that will even land on your hand to snatch a peanut.

Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
Gray Jays are bold camp robbers
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
This camp robber found an unguarded bag of raisins
Gray Jay (Perisoreus canadensis)
Gray Jay trying to figure out a bear canister
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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