scrub jay

noun

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 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, orlandosentinel.com, 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, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Nov. 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 Speaking of nature, all is not necessarily well in the California scrub jay world. Scott Sandell, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 The difference is the scrub jay also has a blue face and a grayish chest. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, 10 Nov. 2020 Behavior Florida scrub jays are what’s known as cooperative breeders. National Geographic, 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, 1 Jan. 2020 The refuge protects 14 threatened or endangered species, including sea turtles and endemic Florida scrub jays. Robert Ormerod, National Geographic, 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of scrub jay

1923, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jan 2022

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“Scrub jay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrub%20jay. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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