Definition of Steller's jay in US English:

Steller's jay


  • A blue jay with a dark crest, found in western North America.

    Cyanocitta stelleri, family Corvidae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Next on the scene are the striking and regal Steller's jays with their ebony crested heads and shoulders melding to indigo.’
    • ‘There were a few Steller's jays visiting the feeders, along with an acorn woodpecker and a white-breasted nuthatch.’
    • ‘Jays in the West include the Steller's jay (C. stelleri), which is common in coastal forests and mountains into the Rockies.’
    • ‘The eagles are courting, the crows building nests, the Steller's jays have come back to sit and fling insults and we can see baby salmon in the shallows of the river.’


Named after Steller, Georg Wilhelm.


Steller's jay

/ˈstelərz ˈjā/