Blue jay attacks and consumes cedar waxwing

  • Authors: Saenz, Daniel; Pierce, Joshua B.
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society 42(1-2): 99-100


Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) are known to be common predators on bird nests (Wilcove 1985, Picman and Schriml 1994). In addition to predation on eggs and nestlings, Blue Jays occasionally prey on fledgling and adult birds (Johnson and Johnson 1976, Dubowy 1985). A majority of reports involve predation on House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) and other small birds (Chase 1899, Lamore 1958, Master 1979, Cink 1980, Atkins 1991).

  • Citation: Saenz, Daniel; Pierce, Joshua B. 2009. Blue jay attacks and consumes cedar waxwing. Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society. 42(1-2): 99-100.
  • Keywords: Blue jay, Bombycilla cedrorum, cedar waxwing, Cyanocitta cristata, predation
  • Posted Date: September 10, 2009
  • Modified Date: January 14, 2013
  • Print Publications Are No Longer Available

    In an ongoing effort to be fiscally responsible, the Southern Research Station (SRS) will no longer produce and distribute hard copies of our publications. Many SRS publications are available at cost via the Government Printing Office (GPO). Electronic versions of publications may be downloaded, printed, and distributed.

    Publication Notes

    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
    • Our online publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact the SRS webmaster if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
    • To view this article, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.