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California Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma californica

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Attractive jay of oak woodlands, dry scrublands, and oak-tall pine woodlands. Royal blue above with gray-brown back and light grayish underparts. Flight style is often distinctive, a series of quick wingbeats followed by a stiff glide. Typically in small groups. Listen for their scratchy, nasal calls. Regularly visits backyards and feeders. Western Scrub-Jay was split into two species: California and Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay. Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, which is duller and less contrasty is found east of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada.

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