They are found west of the Rocky Mountains from Montana south into New Mexico and west to Oregon and California.
They live in scrubby areas with juniper and sage and open forest of oak and pine.
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.
They hide batched of seeds for feeding on later. In the winter, they will sometimes travel in large flocks searching farmlands for seeds.
They eat nuts and pine seeds, insects and even small reptiles, birds and mammals.
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.
Species: G. cyanocephalus
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