Definition of scrub jay in US English:

scrub jay


  • A jay with blue and gray plumage and no crest, found in Mexico, the western US, and central Florida.

    Aphelocoma coerulescens, family Corvidae: at least three species

    • ‘But recent experiments with scrub jays, chimpanzees, and gorillas have led to rethinking of the nature of memory in animals.’
    • ‘Feline predators are believed to prey on common species, such as cardinals, blue jays, and house wrens, as well as rare and endangered species, such as piping plovers and Florida scrub jays.’
    • ‘When I got back to California, the scrub jays in my yard looked like miniature Mexican jays, but I soon got used to them and began to fall in love with them all over again.’
    • ‘Nicola Clayton is a zoologist at England's Cambridge University who has studied how scrub jays hide food for later use.’
    • ‘The scrub jays take care of the black oil sunflower seeds that are left on the ground.’
    • ‘In the case of Western scrub jays, a previous study by Emery and Clayton suggests jays with past experience of pilfering food caches collected by other jays can then use this knowledge to protect their own caches.’