scrub jay


Definition of scrub jay

: either of two crestless jays (Aphelocoma californica of the western U.S. and Mexico and A. coerulescens of Florida) typically of scrub or chaparral that have a blue head, tail, and wings and a brownish back

Examples of scrub jay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The difference is the scrub jay also has a blue face and a grayish chest. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio’s blue jay birds have a bold color and a brash bird call to match their attitude," 10 Nov. 2020 Behavior Florida scrub jays are what’s known as cooperative breeders. National Geographic, "Florida scrub jay," 3 Mar. 2020 Nicola Clayton of the University of Cambridge has shown in two decades of research that scrub jays excel in all aspects of complex cognition. Onur Güntürkün, Scientific American, "“Birdbrain” Turns from Insult to Praise," 1 Jan. 2020 The refuge protects 14 threatened or endangered species, including sea turtles and endemic Florida scrub jays. Robert Ormerod, National Geographic, "Why the Apollo missions made Florida synonymous with space," 16 July 2019 West Indian manatees, Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises, black bears, herons and fish, such as gar and sunfish, can all be found in Blue Spring State Park. Patrick Connolly,, "Florida Springs Guide: Blue Spring State Park," 25 June 2019 Burbank resident Anne Curran thrilled at discovering Aphelocoma californica, a Western scrub jay, high atop a hillside tree after hearing its piercing call. Sara Cardine,, "Descanso visitors, staff conduct citizen science in first BioBlitz," 7 June 2018 On the other hand, avian enthusiasts could begin to see the Western scrub jay showing up there, at least in the winter. National Geographic, "More Birds Expected for Majority of National Parks—Here's Why," 21 Mar. 2018 Airola found that scrub jays adapt to urban areas with fewer oaks by flying – and hiding – acorns hundreds of yards from the source. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Picky songbirds demand native oaks," 19 Jan. 2018

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1923, in the meaning defined above

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12 Nov 2020

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“Scrub jay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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