SCIENTIFIC NAME: Aphelocoma Insularis
Adults have a blackish face, ultramarine blue crown, wings and tail. The upper back is a grayish mantle, and throat is grayish. The underparts ranges from bluish-gray to grayish-white.
Females have a paler plumage.
Juveniles have gray plumage and slowly molt blue feathers as they mature.
BILL: black, large and slightly hooked.
SIZE: measures about 11 - 12.1 inches in length, with a wingspan of 15 inches.
WEIGHT: weighs about 116 - 125 grams.
COLOR: black, blue, bluish-gray, gray, grayish-white and black.
Insects and other small invertebrates, also feeds on seeds, nuts, and acorns, and less often on small vertebrates and eggs of other birds.
Oak woodlands, or scrub oak mixed with chaparral, on their small island range on Santa Cruz Island.
Santa Cruz Islands.
CALL: A series of harsh calls, usually given in multiple phrases. They also have some low-pitched clucking sounds.
NEST: Both the male and female build a nest of sticks and twigs, lined with finer material such as grasses and rootlets. It is placed in a shrub or small tree, anywhere from ground level to 40 feet up.
EGGS: 2 - 5 eggs.
INCUBATION: 18 - 20 days, female fed by the male.