Western Scrub-Jay

The Western Scrub-Jay’s raucous call seems to indicate its mischievous behavior. It has been known to steal food from other animals.

Western Scrub-Jay

natbelhome Western Scrub-Jay

Scientific Name: Aphelocoma californica.
Family: Crow.
Length: 11-1/2 inches.
Wingspan: 15-1/2 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Bright blue with a white belly and gray patch on the back.
Nest:  After the pair builds a bulky nest of twigs in a low tree or shrub, the female lays  three to six green or gray spotted eggs.
Voice: Hoarse rising call of “shreeeenk” or a rapid series “quay-quay-quay” or “cheek-cheek-cheek.”
Habitat:  Oak woods, pinyon-juniper woods, parks and backyards.
Diet: Nuts, fruits, insects and small animals.
Backyard Favorites: Peanuts, suet, sunflower seeds and cracked corn.

Listen to the Western Scrub-Jay’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Western Scrub-Jay Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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Western Scrub-Jay

natbelhome Western Scrub-Jay

Scientific Name: Aphelocoma californica.
Family: Crow.
Length: 11-1/2 inches.
Wingspan: 15-1/2 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Bright blue with a white belly and gray patch on the back.
Nest:  After the pair builds a bulky nest of twigs in a low tree or shrub, the female lays  three to six green or gray spotted eggs.
Voice: Hoarse rising call of “shreeeenk” or a rapid series “quay-quay-quay” or “cheek-cheek-cheek.”
Habitat:  Oak woods, pinyon-juniper woods, parks and backyards.
Diet: Nuts, fruits, insects and small animals.
Backyard Favorites: Peanuts, suet, sunflower seeds and cracked corn.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Western Scrub-Jay’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Western Scrub-Jay Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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