Steller's jay, Cyanocitta stelleri, occurs in Alaska, southwestern Canada, the western United States, Mexico, and Central America. It is primarily a resident (non-migratory) species, although it may move short distances to lower elevations during winter. Steller's jay is abundant in Utah, where it prefers coniferous forest and open woodland habitats.
The nest is built above ground in a tree, often a conifer. The female alone incubates the clutch of three to five eggs; the young are tended by both parents.
Steller's jay is active during the day. It eats nuts, seeds, fruits, insects, small animals, and eggs of other birds.