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Black-throated Magpie Jay (Calocitta colliei)
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Magpie Jay (Calocitta formosa colliei)

General Description: Black-throated Magpie Jays (Calocitta colliei) are large, magnificent birds with extremely long tail feathers. They are blue on the back, white under, and have a large black crest and black throat.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Corvidae. Formerly Calocitta formosa.

Favored Habitat: Arid lowlands, open woods.

Magpie Jay (Calocitta formosa)

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for a Magpie Jay in the town of Blue Diamond, just down the road from Wheeler Camp Spring out at Red Rocks. This bird has been living in Blue Diamond for several years, and it sometime files up to the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.

Magpie Jay (Calocitta formosa colliei)

Comments: Magpie Jays are native to Mexico and points south. This black-throated form is native to northwestern Mexico.

I first photographed this bird in January 2008, but it had been a Blue Diamond resident for at least a few years before that. The most recent sighting I know of was in May 2014 at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.

Blue Diamond residents refer to this splendid bird as "Elvis."

Black-throated Magpie Jay (Calocitta colliei)
May 9, 2014. Spring Mountain Ranch; © 2014 Suzanne Renfrow
Magpie Jay (Calocitta formosa)
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Black-throated Magpie Jay (Calocitta colliei) Black-throated Magpie Jay (Calocitta colliei)
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Black-throated Magpie Jay (Calocitta colliei) Magpie Jay (Calocitta formosa)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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