Birdorable California Scrub-Jay

Bonanza Bird #6: The Western Scrub-Jay

July 12th, 2010 in Birdorable Bonanza 2010, Jays 6 comments
ALERT: The Western Scrub-Jay was split into the California Scrub-Jay and Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay.
Birdorable Western Scrub-Jay

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the Western Scrub-Jay! Western Scrub-Jays are members of the corvid family, along with crows and other jays. You can find these blue beauties in western North America, ranging from southern Washington to central Texas and central Mexico. They prefer low scrub and oak woods. These extremely clever birds store surplus food for future use. They are also known to steal food from other birds. They will even take measures to protect their own food stores from other thieving birds! You could say they have some food issues. ;)

Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Western Scrub-jay (Aphelocoma californica) by Lorcan Keating

Cute Western Scrub-Jay Gifts

Tomorrow's bird is an Australian finch with rainbow colors. Can you guess what it is?