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

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 On Santa Cruz, keep an eye out for the highly visible (and tiny) island foxes and island scrub jays. Elisa Parhad,, "Swim, snorkel and kayak off Santa Cruz Island," 9 Sep. 2017 Eurasian jays are relatives of our blue jays and scrub jays here in the United States. National Geographic, "Here's Why 'Birdbrain' Should Be a Compliment," 15 May 2016

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scrub jay.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of scrub jay

1923, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about scrub jay

Statistics for scrub jay

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for scrub jay

The first known use of scrub jay was in 1923

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on scrub jay

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with scrub jay Encyclopedia article about scrub jay

Comments on scrub jay

What made you want to look up scrub jay? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move or proceed with twists and turns

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!