California Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma californica

Since most of these images were captured, the Western Scrub-Jay complex has been split into multiple species; the California Scrub-Jay, the Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay and the Island Scrub Jay.

The California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) inhabits areas of low scrub chaparral and oak woodlands. They range over much of western USA except the far northern states. The Island Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma insularis) lives on the Channel Islands off the California coast, and Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay, (Aphelocoma woodhouseii) makes its home in the Great Basin and Rocky mountains south of Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming into central Mexico.

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