Mexican Jay

Aphelocoma wollweberi

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Code 4

MEJA

Code 6

APHULT

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

ask community
Copyright © 2004 - 2017 Mitch Waite Group

PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Mexican Jay has a large range, estimated globally at 570,000 square kilometers. Native to the United States and Mexico, this bird prefers subtropical or tropical moist forest ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 2,200,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Mexican Jay is Least Concern.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Mexican Jay: Large, crestless jay, blue-gray back, blue head, wings, rump, tail, and pale gray underparts. Bill, legs, feet are black. Feeds primarily on acorns, also eats insects, fruit, carrion and eggs and young of other birds. Slow steady bouyant wing beats. Glides between perches.

 

Range and Habitat

Mexican Jay: Ranges from the north in central and southwestern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and west-central Texas through the eastern central mountain chain south to Puebla, Guerrero, and central Veracruz, and west to Jalisco and Colima. Preferred habitats include pine, oak, and juniper woodlands.

whatbird search for your browser

Mexican Jay SONGS AND CALLS

Mexican Jay A1

Quiet calls given as a small flock forages.

Mexican Jay A2

Raspy and "wheet" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"wait-wait-wait", "coo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In winter they are often followed by Northern Flickers. The flickers pay attention to their alarm calls and are protected from predators by the vigilance of the jays.
  • It may live up to 20 years, often in the company of its offspring, parents, siblings, and other relatives on the territory where it was hatched or on an adjacent one."
  • Mexican Jays live in groups that number from 5 to 25 individuals, and may contain several active nests within one territory.
  • A group of jays has many collective nouns, including a "band", "cast", "party", and "scold" of jays.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X