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The only bird endemic to Florida. The size of a Blue-Jay (9-11 inches). Lovely blue and grey pattern.... blue head, wings, and feathers on legs. There is a lovely blue "collar" around the upper breast. Body is grey, and a grey "bib" as well. Heavy brow, with blacking "shadowing" around the eyes... to protect against the harsh scrub sun?
ONLY in Florida Scrub. They are very particular about what scrub they will live in; only those without a dense canopy of sand pines. They like the more open oak scrub, or, like these two individuals, Rosemary scrub. Because Florida Scrub is one of the most-rapidly-disappearing habitats in the world, the Florida Scrub Jay's future is uncertain. It is currently listed as "threatened" in Florida.
They are very intelligent, and very VERY inquisitive. These two... a pair, came right down and gave us a thorough inspection, even landing on several of us in the group. What a thrill from such an amazingly gorgeous bird.