Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma woodhouseii

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Code 4

WOSJ

Code 6

APHWOO

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay has a large range that includes the western United States from Idaho south to Texas and highland areas of Mexico. It lives in arid pine-juniper woodlands, wooded riparian zones, and open pine forest in some areas as well as golf courses and parks. This species has declined in some parts of its range but is still common enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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Overview

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay: Medium, crestless jay, dull blue head, wings, tail, gray mask and back, pale gray underparts. Bill, legs, feet are black. Eats grains, fruits, insects, frogs, lizards, and eggs and young of other birds. Flies with steady wing beats. Western Scrub-Jay was split into two species, the California Scrub-Jay and Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay in 2016 by the American Ornithologist Union.

 

Range and Habitat

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay: This species is a resident from Nevada east to Colorado and Texas, and from southern Idaho to central Mexico. Its preferred habitat include pinyon pines and junipers. Also occurs in oak woodlands and mixed forests.

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Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay SONGS AND CALLS

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay A2

Calls given in flight from one member of a small group.

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay A1

"Wheep" calls given in flight.

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Voice Text

"weep", shlenk", "kuk", "jay", "jree", "check-check-check"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of jays has many collective nouns, including a "band", "cast", "party", and "scold" of jays.
  • They are mischievous and have been seen stealing acorn seeds and pine cones from Clark's Nutcrackers.
  • They have smaller pointed bills that enable them to get pine nuts hidden between pine cone scale.
  • They pick ticks and other parasites off mule deer.

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RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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