Appearance: The scrub
jays are about the same size as the Blue Jay but differ in having
a longer tail, slightly shorter, more rounded wings and no crest
on the head. The top of the head, nape and sides of the head are
a rich deep blue, in some species with a white stripe above the
eye and dark ear coverts. The breast is also white or grey-white
and the back is a grey-brown contrasting with the bright blue
tail and wings in most species. One species, Unicolored Jay, is
blue all over, similar to the Pinyon Jay from much further north.
The bill, legs and feet are black. Behaviour: Food is taken both
on the ground and in trees. Acorns and pine nuts are the most
important foods, making up the great bulk of the diet, with grain,
berries and other fruits making up the rest of the vegetable diet.
Many insects and other invertebrates are also taken, and eggs
and nestlings, small frogs, mice and reptiles.
Wild scrub jays
have frequently been seen to eat from the hands of people where
they have become accustomed to being fed. The nest is in a tree
or a bush, sometimes quite low down. Usually 2 to 4 eggs are laid
and incubated over 14 to 16 days. The Florida Scrub Jay and the
Mexican Jay both have cooperative breeding systems involving several
'helpers' at each nest, usually siblings of the main pair.
Are From The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service