The threatened Florida scrub-jay lives in oak scrub, pine scrub and scrubby flatwood. It is easy to distinguish the scrub-jay from the more common blue jay because the scrub-jay does not have a crest and its feathers are a lighter, sky blue. The scrub-jays have a cooperative breeding system, in which young jays remain with their parents for at least one year, assisting in the raising of their siblings and protecting their family’s territory. A family of scrub-jays will occupy the same territory for many years, although boundaries often change slightly from one year to the next.

The effects of increased development and agriculture have reduced the population of scrub-jays. Although a curious family of scrub-jays may approach visitors, you can help protect the scrub-jays by not feeding them.

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