California Scrub-Jay Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A fairly large songbird with lanky dimensions. The tail is long and floppy; the bird often adopts a hunched-over posture. The bill is straight and stout, with a hook at the tip.

    Relative Size

    Larger and bulkier than a Western Bluebird; smaller than an American Crow.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 11.0-11.8 in (28-30 cm)
      • Weight: 2.5-3.5 oz (70-100 g)
      • Wingspan: 15.3 in (39 cm)