California Scrub-Jay

Here’s another shot from a couple of years back – the California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) which I came across in Pinnacles National Monument in, (you guessed it) California. I was attracted by the electric blue colour and this colourful jay is common along the Californian Pacific Coast and up in to southern Oregon. This bird is a similar looking cousin of the ‘Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay’, but was finally decreed a separate species in 2016. This large jay has similar traits to other Jays (see Steller’s Jay and Grey Jay) in that it is bossy, loud and very inquisitive.

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