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Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii)
California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

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Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Interior western Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay

General Description: Western Scrub-Jays (Aphelocoma californica), now Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii) and California Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica), are blue-jays without crests. The head, wings, and tail are blue. The upper back is brown and the belly is gray. The throat and upper breast are white, bordered by blue to form what is referred to as a "necklace."

Recent genetic work (Gowen et al., 2014, BMC Evolutionary Biology 14:135) has shown that there are two species of "Western" Scrub-Jays: California, Woodhouse's, and perhaps a third in Southern Mexico. Around Las Vegas, we have Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay; and in the Pacific states, they have California Scrub-Jay. There is also an intergrade zone near Lake Tahoe.

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jays, in comparison with California Scrub-Jays, are identified (on average) by pale blue plumage, small and pale blue collar, pale eyestripe, dark undertail coverts, and a small, straight bill. California Scrub-Jays, in comparison, have bold blue plumage, a large and dark blue collar, a bold eyestripe, pale undertail coverts, and a large, hooked bill.

Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Coastal western California Scrub-Jay

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Corvidae.

Favored Habitat: Middle-elevation deserts and mountains. Common in the Pinyon-Juniper life zone.

Where to Find: Look for Scrub-Jays in the higher parts of Red Rock Canyon NCA such as Willow Springs Picnic Area, and look for them in the middle-elevation areas of Mt. Charleston and Basin and Range National Monument.

Comments: These are the noisy blue camp robbers seen at middle elevations.

Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) If you were a tasty bug or a ripe acorn, this might be the last face you ever see!

Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 070306 Calico Basin
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 070306 Calico Basin
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 080507 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 080507 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 080507 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 080507 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 081218 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 081218 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 081218 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 070725 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Interior Western Scrub-Jay; Red Rocks 070725 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 070725 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 070725 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 070725 Willow Springs
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 110530 Oak Creek; Juvenile Western Scrub-Jay
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 110530 Oak Creek; Juvenile Western Scrub-Jay
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Red Rocks 070518 Willow Springs; Juvenile Western Scrub-Jay
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
more to come ...

California Scrub-Jay

Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Potwisha Campground
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Ash Mountain
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 140124 Sequoia National Park, Ash Mountain
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 090922 San Diego, Point Loma
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 090922 San Diego, Point Loma
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 090922 San Diego, Point Loma
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 090922 San Diego, Point Loma
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 131110 San Diego, Silverwood Nature Center
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
California 131110 San Diego, Silverwood Nature Center
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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