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Florida Scrub Jay

Florida Scrub Jay
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Copyright: Josh Kille (lemur) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 52] (191)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D50, AF NIKKOR 70-300MM 1:4-5.6G, UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-09 15:09
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Aphelocoma coerulescens is one of the species of scrub jay native to North America, and the only bird species endemic to Florida. That uniqueness attracts attention from birders, who travel across the country to see it.

The Florida Scrub Jay has little fear of humans, and is known to take food from people's hands and lips. They also steal silverware and other shiney objects, like the American Crow. They eat a wide variety of acorns, seed, peanuts, insects, tree frogs, turtles, snakes, lizards, bird eggs, nestlings, and young mice. They cache acorns every year, buried beneath the sand, and the ones not eaten germinate, helping disperse a variety of oak trees.

The Florida Scrub Jay is only found in the Florida Scrub habitat, which is only found in central Florida. It has nutrient-poor soil, drought, and frequent wildfires. This harsh weather pattern brings it only a small assortment of specific hardy plants.

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