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Florida Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma coerulescens ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: CORVIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Vulnerable

A bold and curious bird, the Florida Scrub-Jay can become hand-tame in areas where it comes in contact with people. Unfortunately, it is restricted to the rare oak scrub community of Florida, a habitat under constant threat of development, and is classified as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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Appearance

Crows and Jays
Crows and Jays
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large songbird.
  • Blue head, wings, and tail.
  • Pale gray-brown back and underparts.
  • Whitish throat with blue necklace.

Immature Description

Juvenile with head entirely dull brown, blending into brown of back. Rest of body like adult.

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Similar Species

  • Blue Jay has crest, is bright blue, black, and white, not muted blue, grayish white, and brown.
  • Western and Island scrub-jays without white frosting on forehead, and with distinct white eyestripe; ranges do not overlap.

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