California scub jay

noun
variants: or California jay

Definition of California scub jay

: scrub jay 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 FenimoreSalt Lake Tribune6 Nov. 2009

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First Known Use of california scub jay

1847


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