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The Florida scrub-jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) is the rarest of five species belonging to the genusAphelocoma, which translates as ‘smooth-hair’ and refers to the absence of the head crest possessed by some of the more ubiquitous North American jays. The male Florida scrub-jay is slightly larger than the female but the plumage of both sexes is identically patterned with an attractive array of blues and greys. While the juveniles are similar in appearance, the dull grey head easily distinguishes them from the blue-headed adults. Originally, the Florida scrub-jay was lumped together with the Western and Island scrub-jays as one species, but further to genetic studies, all three are now considered separate species.

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