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An Ecological Overview of Scrub Habitat and Florida Scrub-jays in Brevard County

The Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) is a 2.5 to 3-ounce, 12-inch-long, blue and gray crestless jay that is endemic to peninsular Florida's xeric oak scrub and scrubby pine flatwoods. In fact, the Florida scrub-jay is the only bird species entirely restricted to the state of Florida. In the adult plumage, a necklace of blue feathers separates the whiter throat from the gray underparts, and a white superciliary line or eyebrow often blends into a whitish forehead. The back is gray and the tail is long and loose in appearance. Scrub-jays less than about 5 months of age can be identified by their dusky brown head and neck and shorter tail. However, in late summer and early fall, juvenile scrub-jays undergo a partial molt of body feathers that renders them indistinguishable from adults in the field. Adult male and female Florida scrub jays are not distinguishable by plumage, but are differentiated by a distinct "hiccup" call vocalized only by females. Note: This resource was updated for the 2013 report.

Publisher - Brevard County

Subjects - Bird, Florida Scrub-jay, Aphelocoma coerulescens

http://www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/EnvironmentalResources/Animals


Citation: BCNRM. 2013. An Ecological Overview of Scrub Habitat and Florida Scrub-jays in Brevard County. Viera (FL): Brevard County Natural Resources Management (BCNRM). http://www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/EnvironmentalResources/Animals