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 Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)




Mexican Jay | Aphelocoma ultramarina photo
Mexican Jay, Santa Rita Lodge, Madera Canyon, Near Green Valley, Arizona

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

MEXICAN JAY FACTS

Description
The Mexican Jay has blue head, wings and tail, and a white throat. The back is gray blue, and underside is off white. It has long tail with white underside. The bill and legs are black, and eyes are dark brown. Juveniles are dull gray with a pale bill.

Size
29cm

Environment
pine woodland, oak woodland, juniper woodland

Food
Acorns, pinyon nuts, insects and other arthropods, lizards.

Breeding
The nest is an open cup made of twigs and rootlets, lined with fibers, placed in tree. Lays three or four (up to six) greenish eggs.

Range
The Mexican Jay is found in southern Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas. Highlands of Mexico.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Corvidae
Genus:Aphelocoma
Species:ultramarina
Common Name:Mexican Jay


Relatives in same Genus
  Western Scrub-Jay (A. californica)
  Florida Scrub-Jay (A. coerulescens)