French: Geai de San Blas German: Acapulcoblaurabe Spanish: Chara de San Blas
See C. melanocyaneus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. nelsoni
(Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1919) – SW Mexico from Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima S to W Guerrero.
C. s. sanblasianus
(Lafresnaye, 1842) – C coastal region of Guerrero, in SW Mexico.
27–35 cm; 92–122 g. Small frontal crest, length and development varying individually; feathers of loral region plush-like and somewhat stiffened, and continuing... read more
Chatter call (social call) of nelsoni a rather uniform and short nasal sound, that of... read more
Arid to semi-humid forest, palm groves with native woodland or scrub nearby; avoids interior of... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including katydids (Tettigoniidae), small lizards (Anolis) and occasionally larger lizards seem to compose bulk of animal... read more
Eggs and young recorded in Jun and Jul; groups have at least two partly overlapping nesting periods in breeding season. Communal breeder,... read more
Sedentary. Indications of occasional vagrancy N to S USA (Arizona).
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Balsas Region and Interior Oaxaca EBA and North-west Mexican Pacific Slope EBA. Fairly common to locally common... read more
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