Scrub Jay Framed In Green
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A Florida scrub jay on the ground surrounded by green leaves. This scrub jay was photographed at Lyonia Preserve in Deltona, Florida.
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The Florida scrub-jay is the only species of bird restricted entirely to Florida. It is dependent on scrub habitat with particular characteristics dependent on periodic wildfires. Optimal habitat consists of palmetto scrub with scattered oaks from one to three meters high and some unvegetative, sandy openings. They can also live in scrubby flatwoods if the pine canopy is open. Aphelocoma coerulescens is considered imperiled due to wildfire supression allowing excessive plant growth in what was naturally scrub and loss of habitat from development.
(Species description from the artist's Wild Florida Photo website www.wildflphoto.com)
July 13th, 2015
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