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Florida Scrub Jay

Aphelocoma coerulescens

Description:

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?

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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.

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11 Comments

mary.gallo.m
mary.gallo.m 3 years ago

Karen. I was at Silver Springs State Park this year. Beautiful place. I will be back next year and will look you up. Thanks!

Hema
Hema 3 years ago

great expression! When i went to the scrubjay habitat in Meritt island,I saw one which seemed fearless. it was not banded though.

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 3 years ago

Mary: they are very picky about their habitat. next time you are here, let me know...I will take you to see some. :) I work at Silver Springs State Park.

mary.gallo.m
mary.gallo.m 3 years ago

I looked for this bird when I was in Florida and never saw one. thanks for sharing your pictures. they are great.

jackie.hawaii
jackie.hawaii 3 years ago

Beautiful!

James McNair
James McNair 4 years ago

Brilliant images

dotun55
dotun55 5 years ago

I like the expression captured in the first photo

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 5 years ago

She's probably angry because people keep cutting their previous scrub down!

He looks so mad! Great pics.

Hema
Hema 5 years ago

lovely ,Karen !!

Deltona, Florida, USA

Lat: 28.90, Long: -81.26

Spotted on Oct 4, 2013
Submitted on Oct 5, 2013

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