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Pinyon Jay

Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: CORVIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Pinyon Jay Photo

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.

Calls

  • calls
     
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Call a high, nasal, upwardly inflected cawing.

Search the Macaulay Library online archive for more sounds and videos

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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