Steller’s Jay

Cyanocitta stelleri
The bright blue and black Steller's jay is a common forest bird at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge/Photo Courtesy of Rollin Bannow
The Steller’s jay is a common, permanent resident that breeds in the Refuge and on the Peninsula. It comes to feeders where it especially enjoys peanuts in the shell. A Steller’s jay will often carry several peanuts or seeds away at one time. This is possible because their throats expand so it can hold extra seeds when transporting them. It feeds mostly on pine seeds, but will also eat fruit, insects, reptiles, and the young and eggs of other birds. It caches or hides food for the winter or a later meal. It covers up this hidden food to keep it safe.

Facts About Steller’s Jay

Largest North American jay

The only Western jay with a crest

Pacific coastal birds have blue steaks on their forehead