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-Photo by Martyne Reesman, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife-


The name of the Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) derives from its preference for "scrub" habitat, consisting chiefly of shrubs or brush intermixed with sparse trees. Its harsh voice and boisterous behavior might lead some to consider the scrub-jay a nuisance, but this bird is considered to be uncommonly smart and adaptable. The Western Scrub-Jay is a common permanent resident in western interior valleys and foothills between the Coast Range and the Cascades, especially in the Willamette, Umpqua, and Rogue valleys.

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Taken on February 24, 2012