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Woodhouse's scrub jay (Aphelocoma woodhouseii) is named after the American naturalist and explorer Samuel Washington Woodhouse (1821-1904) who accompanied expeditions to the Southwest between 1849 and 1852 and wrote about his experiences. Native to western North America, it ranges from south-eastern Oregon and southern Idaho to central Mexico. Until 2016 Woodhouse's scrub jay was considered the same species as the California scrub jay, and collectively called the western scrub jay. Unlike its California cousin, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay is mostly an uncommon bird, living in sparse woodlands of juniper and pinyon pine in arid foothills, but it does come into suburbs of some western cities.
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