Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma woodhouseii

In 2016, scientists decided the species we once called the Western Scrub-Jay was actually two separate species. So the California Scrub-Jay and the Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay were born. Where the California bird lives along the west coast, from Oregon to Baja California (Mexico) and preferring oak woodland habitat, the Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay lives inland across the Great Basin, southern Rockies and south through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico, preferring pinyon pine habitat.

To date, my meetings with the Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay have been in New Mexico and West Texas. Growing up in Southern California as I did, I’m more familiar with the California Scrub-Jay.

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