animals science

California Scrub Jay, Aphelocoma [californica] californica

Various suburbs of California

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Relatives Scrub jays are part of the Corvid family of birds, which also includes crows, ravens, and magpies. Corvids are known to be relatively intelligent: some researchers have suggested their cognitive abilities are on par with apes.
Breeding Scrub jays, like other corvids, stay with their parents a long time after hatching.
Location California scrubs jays can be found all along the western coast of North America, from Washington to Baja California.
Diet Scrubs jays eat mainly nuts, grain and fruit, but will also eat small animals.
Behavior As part of the songbird order, scrub jays are very vocal and perch in trees. However, they tend to make more throaty or mechanical sounding calls rather than lyrical. Scrub jays are often territorially aggressive.

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