The Western Scrub-Jay’s raucous call seems to indicate its mischievous behavior. It has been known to steal food from other animals.
Scientific Name: Aphelocoma californica.
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.
Range maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.