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 Instead, nature is found in the quiet moments: the blue scrub jay flitting from leaf to leaf outside your kitchen window; the water that makes up most of our bodies and responds to the lunar pull; the breath of air filling your lungs that was once rain. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2022 It’s believed that the bird species that feed on the various seeds — in the case of the pinyon pine, the California scrub jay is a big seed-spreader — had not returned to the areas for one reason or another. Mike Wehner, BGR, 14 Apr. 2021 This area of Jonathan Dickinson State Park is important for the recovery of the most endangered bird in North America — the Florida scrub jay. Bill Kearney, Sun Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2022 Keep an eye out for the island fox, which is found only on six of the eight Channel Islands, and the island scrub jay, found only on Santa Cruz Island. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 For something less traveled, stroll the 4.5-mile Scorpion Canyon Loop, which serves as prime habitat for the bright blue island scrub jay, a species endemic to Santa Cruz. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 23 June 2021 It’s also the perfect place to spot the rare Florida scrub jay, a bird endemic to the Sunshine State’s scrub habitats. Patrick Connolly,, 31 Dec. 2021 The same cannot be said of the Florida scrub jay, described by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as the sole bird species found only in Florida. Curt Anderson, ajc, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scrub jay was in 1923

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“Scrub jay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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