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    Pinyon Jay

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    Pinyon Jay

    Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus
    • ORDER: Passeriformes
    • FAMILY: Corvidae
    Basic Description

    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.

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    Other Names
    • Chara Piñonera (Spanish)
    • Geai des pinèdes (French)

    Backyard Tips

    This species often comes to bird feeders. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.

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