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California Scrub-Jay - Aphelocoma californica
Other Names:  Western Scrub-Jay

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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Copyright by: The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, all rights reserved.
General Description
A year-round resident of west of Pacific coastal states from Washington to the southern tip of Baja California where they generally occupy dry scrub and oak woodland (Curry et al. 2017). In Montana, the species is vagrant with only two records of well photographed birds near Great Falls in 2000 and at Thompson Falls in 2010 (Marks et al. 2016).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 4

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Relative Density


(direct evidence "B")

(indirect evidence "b")

No evidence of Breeding
(transient "t")

(regular observations "W")

(at least one obs. "w")


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

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California Scrub-Jay — Aphelocoma californica.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from