Family Crows (Corvidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Magpie-jay (Cyanocorax formosus)


Taxonomy

French: Geai à face blanche German: Weißkehl-Elsternhäher Spanish: Urraca hermosa cariblanca
Taxonomy:

Pica formosa

Swainson

, 1827,

Temiscaltipec, Mexico

.

See C. colliei (above). A hybrid between present species and C. morio recorded in S Mexico (Chiapas). Nominate race intergrades with azureus in Oaxaca (S Mexico). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. f. formosus (Swainson, 1827) – S Mexico from S Jalisco, Michoacán and Puebla S to W Oaxaca.
  • C. f. azureus (Nelson, 1897) – Pacific slope in SE Mexico (SE Oaxaca and Chiapas) and W Guatemala.
  • C. f. pompatus (Bangs, 1914) – SE Mexico (interior of E Oaxaca, interior of Chiapas) and Atlantic side of Guatemala (Motagua Valley) S through El Salvador and W Honduras to NW Costa Rica.
  • Descriptive notes

    43–56 cm; 205–213 g. Long-tailed jay with slightly recurved erectile forecrown crest of long black feathers (reaching 70 mm on some individuals) with whitish or... read more

    Voice

    Quite rich repertoire, some vocalizations suggesting a large parrot (Psittacidae). Twelve... read more

    Habitat

    Arid to semi-humid woodland, from lowlands to 800 m, reaching 1250 m in some localities. Inhabits... read more

    Food and feeding

    Reported items in diet are large invertebrates, small lizards, frogs, eggs and nestlings of small birds, also seeds, fruits, berries and... read more

    Breeding

    Eggs recorded in Guatemala late Dec and early Jan in W and Jun and Jul on Caribbean slope, and mid-Apr in El Salvador; eggs in Feb–... read more

    Movements

    Sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common resident in most of its geographical range. Common to fairly common in Mexico; common in Costa Rica.

    Recommended citation

    dos Anjos, L. (2017). White-throated Magpie-jay (Cyanocorax formosus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60725 on 20 September 2017).