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Jay (Pinyon)

Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus
Jay (Pinyon)

Range

They are found west of the Rocky Mountains from Montana south into New Mexico and west to Oregon and California.

Habitat

They live in scrubby areas with juniper and sage and open forest of oak and pine.

Body Traits

They are a faded blue all over with a lighter throat with blue spotting. They have a shorter tail than the other jays. They have black legs and beak. The beak is large and powerful for breaking into pinecones.

Habits

They hide batched of seeds for feeding on later. In the winter, they will sometimes travel in large flocks searching farmlands for seeds.

Diet

They eat nuts and pine seeds, insects and even small reptiles, birds and mammals.

Reproduction

Females lay up to 6 light blue eggs with dark spots in a nest made of sticks and grass. They build the nest in a pinyon pine tree or juniper bush.

Jay (Pinyon)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Gymnorhinus
Species: G. cyanocephalus

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