Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica)

The Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) is a very important Terrestrial Bird in City Creek Canyon. It is about ten inches long, has a gray-brown back, a blue head, tail and wings and is gray on its underside. The Scrub Jay eats with his strong dark-colored bill. This is important because the Scrub Jay eats not only many types of Insects (link) and other invertebrates, but he needs to crack open the acorns he finds that have fallen off trees. When the Scrub Jay finds acorns, he will take them to another location and bury them for the winter. When winter comes, he will have forgotten where some of his previously buried acorns lay, and those acorns have a chance to grow and become trees. The Scrub Jay's role in City Creek Canyon is an important one because of this acorn planting behavior. This behavior is common among Scrub Jays. Acorn Harvesting by Florida Scrub Jays is an article you can read to find out more.

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