The California (Western) scrub jay (Aphelocoma californica) is the “blue jay” of oak scrub, parks, neighbourhoods, and riverside woods near the Pacific Coast. It ranges from southern British Columbia throughout California and western Nevada near Reno to west of the Sierra Nevada. this jay was considered part of the same species as the Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay; the two were officially “split” in July 2016. Unlike the Florida Scrub-Jay and Mexican Jay, this species breeds in isolated pairs, not cooperative flocks. It is resident from Washington and Oregon south to California, Texas, and Baja California.