Garrulus (Cyanocorax) melanocyaneus
Along with C. yucatanicus, C. sanblasianus and C. beecheii, formerly separated in Cissilopha (the black-and-blue jays of Middle America). Acknowledged to be very similar to C. sanblasianus#R, but differs in its thick erectile crown feathers forming a “bushy” crest vs no obvious crest in adult sanblasianus although juveniles possess a wholly different crest involving a few floppy elongate erectile forehead feathers (3); dull blue vs black belly (3); richer blue upperparts and tail (1); and somewhat different voice, e.g. chattering call rather higher-pitched (allow 2). Races intergrade in N & E El Salvador and Honduras. Two subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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