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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

Biology

Diurnal

Eats insects, seeds, nuts, and carrion.

Damage

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.

Legal

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

Diseases

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

 

University Publications

Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management's Digital Commons

 

 

 

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