piñon jay

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A large blue-grey song bird similar to a crow, the piñon jay is found in the Western Great Basin of North American, including the U.S. Southwest, especially in foothills and lower mountain slopes where the Pinyon-Juniper forest type is found. These jays harvest piñon pine seeds, storing them against the winter months.

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Pinyon Jay from The Crossley ID Guide Eastern Birds, by Richard Crossley, is licensed under CC BY-SA.