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Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)


Photo © Chris Wood/Macaulay Library

Adult at nest

Photo © Robinsegg

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay Eggs

Photo © RenĂ© Corado

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay

Photo © Chris Wood/Macaulay Library

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay with nesting material

Photo © Gerald Baines/Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © mmeastman

Adult

Photo © Carlos Escamilla

Adult

Photo © Robinsegg

Adult

Photo © Carey Manous

Adult

Photo © John Breitsch

Adult

Photo © Jason P. Odell

Adult

Photo © Robinsegg

Adult

Photo © Robinsegg

When To Look

Source: Birds of North America Online

Where To Find It

Habitats

open woodland

Substrates

Live Tree Branch

Bush or Shrub

Vine or Tangle

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cup

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

1
2
3
5

Nest Height

14 ft
6 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

17-19
days

Brooding Period

16-26
days

Useful Hints

  • Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay and California Scrub-Jay were considered a single species known as Western Scrub-Jay until 2016.
  • Both members of a pair help with nest-building.
  • Either sex selects a nest site and initiates nest construction. A potential nest site is indicated to the mate by making an undulating flight to the site while producing loud flight vocalizations, often while carrying nest material. Wheeze vocalizations are produced upon approach to the site.
  • Scrub-Jays frequently construct nest platforms, especially at the onset of nesting season, that are never used.
  • Nests are often well hidden amid foliage and vines.