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


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.

Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.