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Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma wollweberi)
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Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Arizona Mexican Jay (A. u. arizonae)

General Description: Mexican Jays (Aphelocoma wollweberi) are noisy blue jays without a crest. The head, back, and tail are blue, and the underparts are light gray. The throat and upper chest are unmarked.

The subspecies in southern Arizona, the Arizona Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma wollweberi arizonae) is pale blue, while the Texas Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma wollweberi couchii) is darker blue, especially on the head.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Corvidae.

Favored Habitat: Pine-Oak woodlands in middle-elevation mountains of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, then south into central Mexico.

Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Texas Mexican Jay (A. u. couchii)

Where to Find: Don't look for Mexican Jays around Las Vegas. Rather, look for Arizona Mexican Jays in Madera Canyon, the Chiricahua Mountains, and other places in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Look for Texas Mexican Jays in Big Bend National Park, Texas.

Comments:

Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina) If you were a tasty bug or a big seed, this might be the last face you ever see!
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Notice the blue head, back, and tail, and light gray underparts
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Notice the blue head, back, and tail, and light gray underparts
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay adult
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay juvenile; notice the yellow lips
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina) Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina) Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina) Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina) Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Arizona Mexican Jay juvenile; notice the yellow lips
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Arizona Mexican Jay juvenile; notice the yellow lips
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Arizona Mexican Jay
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Arizona Mexican Jays in Madera Canyon, Arizona
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Texas Mexican Jay
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Arizona Mexican Jay
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina) Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina) Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina) Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Arizona Mexican Jay juvenile (notice yellow lips)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Arizona Mexican Jay juvenile (notice yellow lips)
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay nest; Portal, Arizona
Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma ultramarina)
Mexican Jay incubating egg in nest; Portal, Arizona
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
© 2014 Jim Boone; Last updated 120919

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