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National Wildlife Control Training Program vol. 1.

Blue Jay Control

Blue jay. Photo by LaVerne Duemey

Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata


Photo Credits: LaVerne Duemey



Eats insects, seeds, nuts, and carrion.


In winter, marauds bird feeders and small birds. In spring, eats eggs and young of other birds. May take over nests of other birds.

Gray Jays or "Camp robbers" will become bold in taking any food that is offered.

Small Prey and Their Wounds.  Most bird predators and carrion-eaters leave the breast bone with flesh neatly removed while also leaving most of feathered carcass.

Egg Depredation Signs Eggs with irregular holes and contents removed.


Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. They may not be harmed without a permit. To learn more about the permit visit Depredation Permit.


Blue jays, crows, and other related birds have shown susceptibility to the recent West Nile Virus (encephalitis) Unknown human hazard.


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