Photo by Melody

Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Aphelocoma
Species: coerulescens


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives


This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Apopka, Florida
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida (2 reports)
Saint Cloud, Florida

By Floridian
Thumbnail #1 of Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) by Floridian

By mulberryman

Thumbnail #2 of Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) by mulberryman

Member Notes:

Positive plantladylin On Jan 29, 2010, plantladylin from South Daytona, FL
(Zone 9b) wrote:

The Florida Scrub Jay is found only in the dry oak scrublands of Florida and is a non migrating permanent resident of the state. The Florida Scrub Jay is about the same size as the more commonly recognized Blue Jay, but does not have the crest and is paler in color. They have bright blue upper parts with a grayish back, light gray underneath, and a dark eye patch. The Florida Scrub Jay can be distinguished from it's western relatives by it's light forehead and eyebrows.

The Florida Scrub Jay's diet consists of acorns, grasshoppers, beetles, ants, wasps, spiders and a variety of fruits and berries. Their range has been greatly reduced due to urbanization and agriculture. It is dependent on a variety of scrub oaks for nesting as well as food. The Florida Scrub Jay is considered a threatened species by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Positive coastalzonepush On Mar 29, 2013, coastalzonepush from Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b) wrote:

i saw this jay the other day actually.

what i saw was the blue flash of it flying back and forth between my AC units and oak tree. i went to look because i thought it was a blue jay and i was hoping there was a new nest in the tree. i looked more closely and saw that it was not a regular blue jay. in fact, i thought it was an everyday mockingbird because of the gray and the size. with the blue i knew it was the endangered Florida scrub jay.

i feel lucky, i saw it in my own backyard!

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