Definition of Steller's jay in English:

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Steller's jay

Pronunciation: /ˈstelərz ˈjā/

Entry from US English dictionary


A blue jay with a dark crest, found in western North America.
  • Cyanocitta stelleri.
Example sentences
  • There were a few Steller's jays visiting the feeders, along with an acorn woodpecker and a white-breasted nuthatch.
  • But the Steller's jay didn't want to take ‘No’ for an answer, and he kept cocking his head and displaying his black crest in what could only be described as an inquisitive manner.
  • Jays in the West include the Steller's jay (C. stelleri), which is common in coastal forests and mountains into the Rockies.


Named after the German naturalist and geographer Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709–46).

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Syllabification: Stel·ler's jay

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