Two varieties of Steller's Jay

Registered: Apr 25, 2008
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Not real big news to those of you who know your birds but this came as a mild surprise to me.
I took two shots of Steller's Jays, one near Mt. Lassen and the other at the Grand Canyon. The difference is rather obvious and when I checked my Sibley"s guide I found these are two varieties of the same bird. The one shot near Lassen without the white face markings is the Pacific variety while the one from the Grand Canyon has the white facial markings and is the Interior Western variety.

Registered: Jul 08, 2008
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Nice find and good comparison


Registered: Dec 17, 2004
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Nice shots Rodyon. As a "right coaster", I was not aware either ~ Ron

Registered: Jul 02, 2010
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News to me too. #2 is a sweet shot.

Tim Kuhn
Registered: Nov 29, 2006
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Great post Rodyon! I guess I have never seen the Interior variant up close enough to notice.


Registered: May 22, 2002
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Super detail Rodyon.


Registered: Feb 02, 2010
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lovely job on the jays Rodyon

Registered: Mar 13, 2004
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Very nice. Pretty birds.

Ted ellis
Registered: Aug 08, 2007
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Beautiful images!

B Benson
Registered: Jan 13, 2005
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Interesting facts and a nice set of imgaes Bruce