Green Jay 

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Cyanocorax Yncas 

Green Jay

Adults are rich green above and pale yellow-green below, with a blue crown, black throat and eyepatch, and yellow outer tail feathers.

Both sexes are similar.

Juveniles have shorter frontal feathers, and the spot above the eye is absent.

BILL: black, thick and straight.

SIZE: measures about 9.8 - 11.4 inches in length.

WEIGHT: weight ranges from 66 - 110 grams.

COLOR: green, yellow-green, blue and black.

A great variety of insects, small vertebrates, seeds, and fruit.

Woodlands, thickets, and parks, especially sites with native trees; and also citrus orchards and parks.

Southern Texas, south into Mexico and Central America (absent from Nicaragua and Panama), and then, in South America in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

CALL: varied calls such as a shrill chatter “cha,cha,cha…”, a loud, ringing “chenk chenk chenk”, a drier scolding “cheh-cheh…”, a buzzer, nasal “jehrjihjihjih…”, and a throaty croaking “ahrrrrrr”.

It is a noisy bird giving discordant calls, vocal mimicry, mewing, chattering, clicking, rattling and rasping notes.

NEST: The male and female build a thin-walled cup of sticks lined with roots, moss, grasses, vines, and leaves.

EGGS: 3 - 5 pale greenish-white eggs with dark spots near large end.

INCUBATION: 17 -18 days.

They forage together in family flocks that rove woodlands and thickets, searching all levels of the vegetation for insects, fruit, and small vertebrates, maintaining contact with noisy calls.

They are very social and territorial year-round, driving away rival Green Jays and mobbing predators such as owls or snakes.

The oldest recorded Green Jay was at least 11 years, 7 months old.


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