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Western Scrub Jay
Scrub Jay Cardinal looking for food at
There are 20 birds that belong to the Jay family.|
Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve, TX
Region of Western Scrub Jay
Habitat: Scrub Jays
Scrub, open woodlands, suburban yards of the western US and Mexico
Scrub Jay looking for sunflower seeds
and for cat food at Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve, TX
Along the Pacific seaboard, scrub-jays live near oaks: in oak scrub, oak woodlands, and the oak savannah of California’s Central Valley. They also live in the dense, shrub-choked chaparral and coastal sage that lines coastal hillsides. In the Great Basin, scrub-jays live mainly in pinyon pine and juniper woodlands.
Western Scrub-Jays eat mostly insects and fruit during spring and summer, and switch to nuts and seeds during fall and winter. They eat small animals such as lizards and nestling birds, sometimes shadowing adult birds to find their nests. For plant material, scrub-jays eat acorns, pine nuts, juniper berries, and grass seeds; sunflower seeds and peanuts at feeders; as well as cultivated corn, almonds, walnuts, and cherries.
Clutch Size: 1–5 eggs
Number of Broods
Egg Length: 0.9–1.3 in 2.4–3.4 cm
Egg Width: 0.7–0.8 in 1.9–2 cm
Incubation Period: 17–19 days
Nestling Period: 17–19 days
Egg Description: Pale green blotched with olive, or pale gray spotted with brown
Condition at Hatching: Naked and helpless, eyes closed
Scrub Jay looking for food at Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve, TX
Nest Description: Scrub-jay nests are made of a basket of
twigs lined with rootlets, fine strands of plant fibers, and livestock hair.
Nests take about 10 days to build and are about 6 inches (15 centimeters) across when finished.
Both members of a pair help with building.
Nest Placement: Tree
Typically fairly low (6-14 feet high) in an oak, pinyon pine, or other tree or shrub. Nests are often well hidden amid foliage, vines, and mistletoe.
Western Scrub-Jay’s calls sound like Dzweep, dzweep
Birders know Western Scrub-Jays over 15 years old.
Scrub Jay looking for berries at Bear Springs Blossom Nature Preserve, TX
Scrub Jay looking where food can be hidden
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