Florida Scrub-Jay

Aphelocoma coerulescens




Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Pale green eggs with red brown spots

Number of Eggs:

2 - 5

Incubation Days:

15 - 17

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

2 - 12 feet above ground., On horizontal branch or in crotch of low tree or bush.

Nest Material:

Bulky sticks., Lined with roots, twigs, moss, grass, and hair.





Florida Scrub-Jay: Medium-sized, crestless jay with gray upperparts and underparts, blue head, and pale eyebrows. Throat is gray and breast has blue-gray streaks. Wings and tail are blue. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Florida Scrub-Jay: Occur from the Florida panhandle through central Florida. Florida scrub jays previously occupied most of the counties of peninsular Florida, they are currently found from Flagler, Marion, and Citrus counties in the north to Collier, Glades, and Palm Beach counties in the south. Lives mainly in scrub woodlands. Prefer thickets of sand pine and scrub oak.

Breeding and Nesting

Florida Scrub-Jay: Two to five pale green eggs irregularly spotted with red-brown are laid in a nest made of bulky sticks, lined with roots, twigs, moss, grass, and hair, and built on a horizontal branch or in the crotch of a low tree or bush, 2 to 12 feet above the ground. Incubation ranges from 15 to 17 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Florida Scrub-Jay: Eats insects, spiders, ticks, mice, small turtles, eggs and young of smaller birds, acorns, nuts, and fruits. Forages in low to middle levels in vegetation or hops on the ground.


Florida Scrub-Jay: Song is a harsh throaty "quay-quay-quay" or "cheek-cheek-cheek."

Similar Species

Florida Scrub-Jay: Blue Jay has blue crest, black collar, blue back, and spots on wings and tail.


Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
The upper front part of a bird.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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