Florida Scrub-Jay

About the Florida Scrub-Jay

The Florida Scrub-Jay is a Florida endemic, meaning the species lives only in Florida. Florida Scrub-Jays have blue heads, napes, bibs and wings. Their bellies and foreheads are whitish.

Like many other corvid species, Florida Scrub-Jays are highly intelligent. They are cooperative breeders, meaning young jays will remain with the family to help raise subsequent fledglings.

Unfortunately, Florida Scrub-Jays are threatened, with just 4,000 breeding pairs counted in a 1993 survey.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 August 2010
Scientific Name
Aphelocoma coerulescens
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Aphelocoma
  • A. coerulescens
Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
9.1 to 11 inches
13 to 14.2 inches
2.3 to 3.2 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Florida Scrub-Jay is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species qualifies as Vulnerable because it has a small and fragmented population and range, which continues to decline as a result of urban development and habitat loss and degradation, largely as a result of fire suppression.

International Names

Czech (Cesky) sojka křovinná
Danish (Dansk) Santa Cruz-skade
Dutch (Nederlands) Struikgaai
Finnish (Suomi) floridanpensasnärhi
French (Français) Geai buissonier
German (Deutsch) Buschhäher
Italian (Italiano) Ghiandaia di Santa Cruz
Japanese (日本語) サンタクルスカケス (santakurusukakesu)
Norwegian (Norsk) Floridaskrike
Polish (Polski) modrowronka zaroslowa
Spanish (Español) Urraca de los Matorrales de Isla
Swedish (Svenska) Snårskrika
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