Stellar’s Jay at the Zoo

Stellars Jay Indigo

Indigo – Rescued in 2017


(cyanocitta stelleri)

Very common in western forests; predominantly located in coniferous woods. Mostly lives in flocks except when nesting.

What do they eat?

They are omnivorous – their diet is roughly 1/3 animal matter and 2/3 vegetables. Will eat a variety of seeds, acorns, nuts, berries, fruit, insects, other bird eggs, rodents and lizards.

How long do they live?

On average 10-15 years in the wild.

How many can be laid in a clutch?

On average 3-5 eggs.

Where are they found? 

Located in coniferous/deciduous forests; typically found at elevations of 3,000 to 10,000; Big Bear is home to many Stellar’s Jay.

Interesting facts:
  • They have incredible spatial memory.
  • They will store food in caches.
  • They will also raid other nests of eggs and chicks.
  • They can mimic other animals, especially hawks.