Western Scrub-Jay

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 12 July 2010
Scientific Name
Aphelocoma californica
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Aphelocoma
  • A. californica
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 24 September 2017)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
11.5 inches
15.5 inches
3 ounces

International Names

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