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White-throated Magpie-Jay - Calocitta formosa
White-throated Magpie-Jay
Calocitta formosa formosa
Zipolite, Oaxaca state, Mexico.
A huge and spectacular jay found from Mexico to Costa Rica. (S5)


White-throated Magpie-Jay - Calocitta formosa
White-throated Magpie-Jay
Calocitta formosa formosa
Zipolite, Oaxaca state, Mexico.
Presumably collecting nesting material. (S5)


Brown Jay - Psilorhinus morio
Brown Jay
Psilorhinus morio cyanogenys
Arenal Observatory Lodge, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
The least colorful of the American jays, it is a bold and noisy resident of forests from southern Texas to Panama. (S8)


Brown Jay - Psilorhinus morio
Brown Jay
Psilorhinus morio cyanogenys
Arenal Observatory Lodge, Alajuela province, Costa Rica.
(S8)


Purplish Jay - Cyanocorax cyanomelas
Purplish Jay
Cyanocorax cyanomelas
Pantanal Mato Grosso Hotel, Pixaim, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Found in south-central South Americam from southern Peru to northeastern Argentina. (S8)


Purplish Jay - Cyanocorax cyanomelas
Purplish Jay
Cyanocorax cyanomelas
Pousada Piuval, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
With a Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus in the foreground. (S6)


Violaceous Jay - Cyanocorax violaceus
Violaceous Jay
Cyanocorax violaceus violaceus
Lumbaqui, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
A common jay of low elevations east of the Andes. (S5)


Curl-crested Jay - Cyanocorax cristatellus
Curl-crested Jay
Cyanocorax cristatellus
Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
A distictive and very loud jay that is found in dry savannas of interior Brazil and eastern Bolivia, also barely reaching Paraguay. It is spreading into cleared areas of more humid regions, such as the state of Rio. (S7)


Black-chested Jay - Cyanocorax affinis
Black-chested Jay
Cyanocorax affinis zeledoni
Canopy Lodge, El Valle de Antón, Coclé province, Panama.
These birds were very shy, rarely coming to the feeder and only staying for a second or two when they did. (S8)


Black-chested Jay - Cyanocorax affinis
Black-chested Jay
Cyanocorax affinis affinis
Trail between El Valle and Parque Nacional Utría, Chocó department, Colombia.
Juvenile. (S8)


Green Jay - Cyanocorax yncas
Green (Inca) Jay
Cyanocorax yncas yncas
Cabañas San Isidro, Napo, Ecuador
Flocks of these colorful birds congregate around lights in the morning to eat insects. (S11)

White-tailed Jay - Cyanocorax mystacalis
White-tailed Jay
Cyanocorax mystacalis
Chaparrí Reserve, Lambayeque department, Peru.
(S6)


Azure-naped Jay - Cyanocorax heilprini
Azure-naped Jay
Cyanocorax heilprini
Mitú, Vaupés department, Colombia.
A very lozalized jay found in remote areas of eastern Colombia, southern Venezuela, and northwestern Brazil. This bird was fluttering its wings, which appeared to be some kind of display and not begging. (S6)


Plush-crested Jay - Cyanocorax chrysops
Plush-crested Jay
Cyanocorax chrysops tucumanus

Calilegua NP, Jujuy province, Argentina.
This bold and handsome bird is found from Bolivia and central Brazil south through northern Argentina. White common in some areas such as Calilegua NP, in other parts of its range it can be quite scarce and local. (S5)


White-naped Jay - Cyanocorax cyanopogon
White-naped Jay
Cyanocorax cyanopogon
Lençois, Bahia state, Brazil.
Endemic to interior eastern Brazil. It is similar to the previous species, which it replaces in eastern Brazil, differing mainly in the color of the underparts. (S6)


White-collared Jay - Cyanolyca viridicyanus
White-collared Jay
Cyanolyca viridicyanus jolyaea
Abra Patricia, San Martín department, Peru.
Occurs in Andean cloudforest in Peru and Bolivia. The white collar is a very narrow white line on the throat, which is visible in this shot. (S6)


Turquoise Jay - Cyanolyca turcosa
Turquoise Jay
Cyanolyca turcosa
Reserva Geobotánica Pululahua, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
These beautiful birds, often conspicuous and noisy, are nearly endemic to Ecuador. They barely get into southern Colombia and northern Peru. (S5)


Turquoise Jay - Cyanolyca turcosa
Turquoise Jay
Cyanolyca turcosa
Guango Lodge, Napo, Ecuador.
(S8)


Beautiful Jay - Cyanolyca pulchra
Beautiful Jay
Cyanolyca pulchra
Tandayapa-Nono road, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
It's nice enough, but I don't think it is the most beautiful jay in the world. George Lawrence, who described this species, must have been quite enamored by it. It's a Chocó endemic, restricted to W Colombia and NW Ecuador. (S8)


Dwarf Jay - Cyanolyca nanus
Dwarf Jay
Cyanolyca nanus
La Cumbre, Oaxaca state, Mexico
Endemic to pine-oak forests of southern Mexico. (S5)


Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay - Aphelocoma woodhouseii
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
Aphelocoma woodhouseii sumichrasti
Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico
Scrub-jay taxonomy is complicated. Recent changes now have birds from southern Mexico included in Woodhouse's, but eventually they may be treated as a separate species, "Sumichrast's" or "Oaxaca" Scrub-Jay. (S13)


Unicolored Jay - Aphelocoma unicolor
Unicolored Jay
Aphelocoma unicolor oaxacae
15 km SW of Valle Nacional, Oaxaca state, Mexico.
(S5)



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