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Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Corvidae


Cyanocitta sp—Cyanocitta JaysPleistocene regional distribution of Cyanocitta sp.

Two jays belonging to the genus Cyanocitta are known from our region. The Blue Jay (C. cristata), however, is a predominantly eastern form only sporadically recorded in the region in recent times. Stellar's Jay is widespread in montane forests.


Early/Early-Mid Wisconsin: Lost Valley (Harris 1993c: ?); Rm Vanishing Floor (Harris 1993c).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: U-Bar Cave (Harris 1993c: ?).

Late Wisconsin: Pendejo Cave (Harris 2003).

Literature. Harris 1993c, 2003.


Cyanocitta stelleri—Steller's JayPleistocene regional distribution of Cyanocitta stelleri

Cyanositta stelleri photo, US Fish and Wildlife ServiceAlthough primarily limited to the forested highlands in our area, occasional occurrences in the lowlands are not uncommon. Playing the odds, however, suggests that presence at a site indicates some forested area nearby.

Fig. 1. Steller's Jay. Photograph by Gary Kramer, courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


Wisconsin: Carpinteria (Guthrie 2009).

Mid Wisconsin: Pendejo Cave (Harris 2003).

Mid/Late Wisconsin: Diamond Valley (Springer et al. 2009); Rancho La Brea (Stock and Harris 1992).

Late Wisconsin: Sandia Cave (Brasso and Emslie 2006: cf.).

Literature. Brasso and Emslie 2006; Guthrie 2009; Harris 2003; Springer et al. 2009; Stock and Harris 1992.


Last Update: 26 Jun 2014