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Western Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma californica

Western Scrub-Jay
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 11 in. (29 cm)
An inhabitant of scrubby forest, chaparral, pine-oak woodlands, and wooded suburbs, this noisy jay is usually in small family groups. It eats insects, bird eggs and nestlings as well as fruits, seeds and acorns. The nest is a large platform of twigs placed in low to mid levels of a shrub or tree. The four-digit banding code is WESJ.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

Chaparral
Chaparral

Shrubs
Shrubs

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