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Florida Scrub Jay with a Florida sized Acorn

Florida Scrub Jay with a Florida sized Acorn (Aphelocoma coerulescens)

Florida has one bird that is endemic to the state, the Florida Scrub Jay. Sadly, their numbers are in decline. It is the only species of bird endemic to the U.S. state of Florida and one of only 15 species endemic to the continental United States. Because of this, it is keenly sought by birders. During the fall they can gather 6-8000 acorns, the majority of which are buried until they need them. Florida scrub jay fledglings are fed almost exclusively a diet of insects.
Scrub-jays inhabit sand pine and xeric oak scrub, and scrubby flatwoods, which occur in some of the highest and driest areas of Florida ancient sandy ridges that run down the middle of the state, old sand dunes along the coasts, and sandy deposits
Central Florida
Date taken
December 2022
Scientific name
Aphelocoma coerulescens
Equipment used
Nikon D-850, Sigma Contemp lens
Shutter speed, aperture & ISO
1/2000, 6.3, 200
Here is a California scrub jay for comparison.
Terrific capture of this Florida Scrub Jay with an acorn. Excellent bird and a marvelous picture Krossed! TFS!

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