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Steller’s jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) is named after the noted German naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, the first European to record them in 1741. It is native to western North America, closely related to the blue jay found in the rest of the continent. It has a black head and upper body. It is also known as the long-crested jay, mountain jay, and pine jay. It occurs on the Pacific coast from southern California to Alaska. The Steller's Jay can be found in mixed forests, hardwood forests, coniferous forest, residential areas, and agricultural areas in forested landscapes. During the summer months they destroy and devour a great many eggs and young of smaller birds. They will watch a nest until the full compliment of eggs is laid before stealing the eggs. The rest of the year, their food consists largely of acorns, chestnuts, berries, seeds, grain, insect, lizards
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