California scub jay

noun

variants or California jay
: scrub jay sense a
specifically : a scrub jay of a subspecies (Aphelocoma californica californica) native to coastal California and distinguished by a darker overall color and a blue head tinged with purple
The Western scrub jay can be further divided into three forms (not yet separate species): the California scrub jay of the Pacific coast has contrasting dark blue-and-white plumage, with a prominent blue necklace on a streaked white throat … Bill Fenimore, Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Nov. 2009

Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of California scub jay was in 1847

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“California scub jay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/California%20scub%20jay. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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