A Florida Scrub Jay at Blue Springs State Park
A Florida Scrub Jay at Blue Spring State Park
Photo credit: M. Wanner
Scrub Jay song: Gregory Gough

 

The Endangered Birds of Florida

 

 

The Florida Scrub Jay
Aphelocoma coerulescens

 

To begin: what is a Bird?

A Bird is a warm blooded, bipedal (two legs)

vertebrate (has a backbone) with feathers,

bi lls and wings and most can fly.

It lays eggs to reproduce and many theories have

it classified as a direct descendant of Dinosaurs,

dating back to the Jurassic period.


The Ocala National Forest extends over several counties,

including Lake County, which is where we live.

Those of us who live in this paradise know that

we are very blessed to have one of the largest

known colonies of Scrub Jays in the state.

 

The Florida Scrub Jay is similar to a Blue Jay, but

it has no crest or black bars on its back

and no white wing markings.

A Florida Scrub Jay
A Florida Scrub Jay
Photo credit: Erika Simons

 

This beautiful, indigenous bird is seriously threatened

and teetering on the edge of extinction

for all of the usual reasons.

 

The Scrub Jay must have a Live Oak

Scrub Habitat to maintain its way of life.

The area that fits this description perfectly,

 lies within the Ancient spine of Florida,

the Lake Wales Ridge.

Guess who else wants this same land?

 

The Scrub Jay's loss of habitat is solely due to the developers in Florida

who believe that building more condos, houses and shopping centers

is more important than protecting our only Native Bird.

A Florida Scrub Jay
A Florida Scrub Jay
Photo credit: U.S. Gov.

 

Along with the outrageously entertaining

and critically endangered Scrub Jay,

Florida also has a kaleidoscope of Tropical Birds.

A Florida Scrub Jay

Hear the songs of Florida's Birds:

Florida Bird Songs

 

It's what makes Florida an Ornithologists dream:

The Great Florida Birding Trail

A Florida Scrub Jay
A Florida Scrub Jay
Photo credit: Jeff Cox

 

Places to learn more:

 

Birdlife International

Florida Scrub Jay

 

Brevard County

Scrub Jay Habitat

 

Cornell

All About Birds: The Florida Scrub Jay

 

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Acquires Rare Coastal Scrub Habitat

 

FWC

Florida Scrub Jay Viewing

 

NPR

Lake Wales Ridge and the Scrub Jay

 

NWF

All American Birds

 

U.S. Forest Service

Aphelocoma coerullescens

 

USFWS

Florida Scrub Jay

 


 

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