Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)
Lives in a variety of brushy areas including chaparral, open woodlands and residential areas. There is some geographical variation in color patterns. The upperparts including wings and tail are blue, the back is grey or brownish depending on the area, and the underparts are grayish white with a blue incomplete necklace.
Photo taken 6/8/02.
Birds mature quickly. Look at the difference two weeks makes in this Scrub Jay. It was moved to an outdoor habitat where it learned how to fly and then the Scrub Jay was released.
Photo taken 6/23/02.