Aphelocoma californica, commonly known as the California Scrub-Jay, is a medium-sized bird with a blue-gray head, wings, and tail, and a pale gray-brown breast. It has a distinctive black necklace and a white eyebrow. It is found in open woodlands, chaparral, and suburban gardens in western North America. Its lifespan is up to 8 years in the wild and up to 15 years in captivity. Its current population is estimated to be between 1.5 and 2.5 million individuals.
Name Origin: Aphelocoma californica, commonly known as the California Scrub-Jay, is a species of bird native to western North America. The genus name Aphelocoma is derived from the Greek words apheles (simple) and kome (hair), referring to the bird's simple crest. The species name californica is derived from the Latin word for California, referring to the bird's range.
Related Species: Aphelocoma coerulescens, Aphelocoma ultramarina, Aphelocoma wollweberi