Green Jay

Cyanocorax yncas

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Code 4

GREJ

Code 6

CYAYNC

ITIS

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Green Jay has a large range, estimated globally at 580,000 square kilometers. It is native to Central America, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States and prefers forest, savanna, or shrubland ecosystems. The estimated global population of the bird is 500,000 to 5,000,000 individuals. The population shows no signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. Because of these population trends, the current evaluation level of the Green Jay is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Green Jay: Medium, tropical jay with green back, yellow underparts, and distinct black bib. Head and nape are pale blue and has a short crest. Tail is long, blue-green, and yellow-edged. Bill, legs and feet are black. Omnivorous. Direct flight with steady bouyant wing beats. Glides between perches.


Range and Habitat

Green Jay: Resident from extreme southern Texas along the Rio Grande Valley south along the Gulf Coast to the American tropics. It also occurs along the southwestern coast of Mexico. During winter, it may wander farther north towards central Texas. Preferred habitats include open woodlands, dense secondary growth, and bushy thickets dominated by mesquite.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"shink-shink-shink"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Green Jays have been observed using sticks as tools to extract insects from tree bark.
  • Its specific name, yncas, is an alternate form of "Inca," for the first descriptions of this species were based on birds taken in Peru.
  • The Central American and South American populations are separated by 900 miles. The two groups differ in color, calls, and habitat use, and may be different species.
  • A group of jays has many collective nouns, including a "band", "cast", "party", and "scold" of jays.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Green Jay

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Santiago Cornejo

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UnderpartsX

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

CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
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