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 Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)




Florida Scrub-Jay | Aphelocoma coerulescens photo
Juvenile Florida Scrub Jay

Photograph by Odyman. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY FACTS

Description
The Florida Scrub-Jay is similar in appearance to the Western Scrub-Jay. It has blue head, wings, and tail. The back is pale gray brown and underside is pale gray. The throat is white. It has white forehead and eyebrow. The tail is long and bill and eyes are dark. Juveniles have dull brown heads.

Size
23cm - 28 cm

Environment
Florida oak scrub, scrub on sand dunes.

Food
insects and other arthropods, small vertebrates, fruit, acorns, seeds.

Breeding
The nest is an open cup made of twigs lined with palmetto fibers or roots, placed in a bushy shrub. Lays three to six eggs. The eggs are greenish with brown spots near the rounded end.

Range
The Florida Scrub-Jay is found only in scattered populations in peninsular Florida.

Conservation Status
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "vulnerable".

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Corvidae
Genus:Aphelocoma
Species:coerulescens
Common Name:Florida Scrub-Jay


Relatives in same Genus
  Western Scrub-Jay (A. californica)
  Mexican Jay (A. ultramarina)