Cumberland House, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Genetic differences from P. pica rather weak#R and morphological differences “remarkably slight”#R, so very possibly merits reunification with P. pica along with P. nutalli (which see). Provisionally maintained here as separate species, however, for possessing a distinctly slower chatter-call#R (2); a whine-call shared only with P. nutalli (assuming absence from race camtschatica, for which there are no recordings) (3)#R; slightly smaller size (allow 1) but proportionately longer tail (allow 1); supposedly also greener tones in glossy area on wings (ns); and blue vs brown irides in first-year birds (ns). Monotypic.
Coastal S Alaska (E from Alaska Peninsula and Shumagin Is) and SW Canada (SW Yukon, extreme NW & E British Columbia, N Alberta, C Saskatchewan, C Manitoba, extreme SW Ontario) S in W USA to NE & EC California (to Inyo County), SC Nevada, Utah, extreme NE Arizona (Apache County), N New Mexico, W (casually also NE) Oklahoma, C Kansas, and Nebraska (except SE).
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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