Green Jay

Cyanocorax yncas




Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:

Gray, green or buff with brown or purple marks

Number of Eggs:

3 - 5

Incubation Days:

17 - 18

Egg Incubator:


Nest Location:

5 - 30 feet above ground.

Nest Material:

Large platform of thorny twigs., Lined with leaves, roots, vines, moss, and grass.





Green Jay: Medium-sized, 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. Sexes are similar.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Green Jay: Three to five brown and purple spotted, gray, green or buff eggs are laid in a loosely made, thorny stick nest lined with rootlets or grass, and built in a bush or small tree. Incubation ranges from 17 to 18 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Green Jay: Diet consists of arthropods, vertebrates, seeds, and fruits. Forages in family flocks, moving from the lower portion of a tree in a spiral fashion up the branches; occasionally hovers to inspect slender branches and clumps of moss. When foraging on the ground, it turns over dry leaves and twigs by sweeping its bill from side to side.


Green Jay: Emits a variety of rattling calls, including "shink, shink, shink."

Similar Species

Green Jay: Unlikely to be confused with any other species in this range.


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

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