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About the Western Scrub-Jay

Also known as: California Jay, Island Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jays are medium-sized birds of the crow and jay family. They live in southwestern parts of the United States, down into Mexico. Their preferred habitat is pinyon-juniper forest and other woodland habitat.

Like many other corvid species, Western Scrub-Jays cache surplus food for future use. They may also steal food from other bird caches and take measures to protect their own food stores from theft by other birds.

Western Scrub-Jays exploit deer parasites; they will stand on the backs of mule deer and eat ticks and other insects on the deer in a mutually beneficial relationship.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 12 July 2010
Scientific Name Aphelocoma californica
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Aphelocoma
  • A. californica
Birdorable Family Corvids, Shrikes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 24 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
11.5 inches
15.5 inches
3 ounces
Range North America Central America United States (West)

International Names

  • sojka západní (Czech)
  • Kratskade (Danish)
  • Californische Struikgaai (Dutch)
  • kalifornianpensasnärhi (Finnish)
  • Geai buissonnier (French)
  • Kalifornienhäher (German)
  • Ghiandaia di macchia (Italian)
  • アメリカカケス (amerikakakesu) (Japanese)
  • Krattskrike (Norwegian)
  • modrowronka kalifornijska (Polish)
  • Chara Californiana (Spanish)

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