Island scrub jay

Island scrub jay

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SPECIES
Aphelocoma insularis

The island scrub jay also island jay or Santa Cruz jay is a bird in the genus, Aphelocoma, which is endemic to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of Southern California. Of the over 500 breeding bird species in the continental U.S. and Canada, it is the only insular endemic landbird species. The island scrub jay is closely related to the California scrub jay – the coastal population found on the adjacent mainland – but differs in being larger, more brightly colored, and having a markedly stouter bill. They will bury, or cache, the acorns in the fall and may eat them months later. They also eat insects, spiders, snakes, lizards, mice and other birds' eggs and nestlings.

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Distribution

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Island scrub jay habitat map

Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR

References

1. Island scrub jay Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_scrub_jay
2. Island scrub jay on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/103727785/112293863
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/614476

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