White-throated magpie-jay
Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Calocitta formosa
Weight
205-213
7.2-7.5
goz
g oz 
Length
51
20
cminch
cm inch 
Wingspan
17.8-19.3
7-7.6
cminch
cm inch 

The white-throated magpie-jay (Calocitta formosa ) is a large Central American species of magpie-jay. It ranges in Pacific-slope thorn forest from Jalisco, Mexico to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Magpie-jays are noisy, gregarious birds, often traveling in easy-to-find flocks, mobbing their observers.

Di

Diurnal

Om

Omnivore

Ar

Arboreal

Zo

Zoochory

Te

Terrestrial

Co

Cooperative breeder

Po

Polygynandry

Po

Polygamy

So

Social

Fl

Flocking

No

Not a migrant

W

starts with

Appearance

The white-throated magpie-jay is between 43 to 56 cm (17–22 in) in length and weighs 205 to 213 g (7.2–7.5 oz). The species has a particularly long tail and a slightly curved crest of feathers on the head. The crest is black in the nominate race, but has blue or white margins on the other two subspecies. The nominate race has a white face with a black crown and margin to the face, forming a narrow band around the throat, as well as a small drop below the eye. The black is less extensive in the other subspecies. The breast, belly and underside of the rump are white, and the wings, mantle and tail are blue (with whitish margins on the tail). The legs and eye are black, and the bill is grey. The plumage of the females is mostly as that of the male but duller on the top, with a narrower band across the chest, and the tail is shorter.

Distribution

Geography

The white-throated magpie-jay is associated with a wide range of habitats from arid environments to semi-humid woodlands, from sea level up to 1,250 m (4,100 ft), although only occasionally higher than 800 m (2,600 ft). It occurs rarely in columnar cacti forest, but is common in thorn forest, gallery forest, deciduous woodland, forest edges and cultivated areas like coffee plantations. The species does not undertake any migratory movements, although males disperse away from their natal territories a few years after fledging. It is a common species across its range, and is not considered threatened by human activities.

White-throated magpie-jay habitat map

Climate zones

White-throated magpie-jay habitat map
White-throated magpie-jay
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Habits and Lifestyle

White-throated magpie-jays are omnivorous, consuming a wide range of animal and plant matter. Items included in the diet include invertebrates such as insects and caterpillars, frogs, lizards, eggs and nestlings of other birds, seeds, fruits, grain, and nectar from Balsa blossoms. Younger birds take several years to acquire the full range of foraging skills of their parents.

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition

Mating Habits

Population

References

1. White-throated magpie-jay Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-throated_magpie-jay
2. White-throated magpie-jay on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22705760/137753922
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/691920

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