IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable
A highly social bird of the lower mountain slopes of the western United States, the Pinyon Jay is specialized for feeding on pine seeds. Each jay stores thousands of seeds each year, and has such a good memory that it can remember where most of them were hidden.
Mexican Jay has longer tail, shorter bill, and less blue on chest.
Fire, Drought, Beetles, and Birds
Jay and Pine Intertwined: Article in Living Bird Magazine.