Black-throated Magpie Jay
Black-throated Magpie Jay
Black-throated Magpie Jay

Black-throated Magpie Jay

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The black-throated magpie-jay (Calocitta collie) is a strikingly long-tailed magpie-jay of northwestern Mexico. This species occurs in pairs or small groups in woodland, except for humid woodland, and partially open areas on the Pacific Slope of Mexico from southern Sonora south to Jalisco and northwestern Colima

Description:

The Black-throated Magpie Jay This species is 23 to 30 inches long, more than half of which is the tail. The upperparts are blue with white tips to the tail feathers; the underparts are white. The bill, legs, head, and conspicuous crest are black except for a pale blue crescent over the eyes and a patch under the eye. In juveniles, the crest has a white tip and the patch below the eye is smaller and darker blue than in adults. In most birds, the throat and chest are also black, but some in the southern part of the range have various amounts of white there

Breeding:

The nest is typical of the family: a big cup of sticks lined with softer material. The female lays 3 to 7 whitish eggs with brown and gray spots.This species interbreeds with the white-throated magpie-jay in Jalisco and Colima, where intermediate birds are common. It has been considered a subspecies of the white-throated magpie-jay, Calocitta formosa colliei

Diet: The diet is the omnivorous.