French: Geai des volcans German: Ultramarinhäher Spanish: Chara ultramarina
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Subspecies and Distribution
A. u. colimae
Nelson, 1899 – SW Mexico (most of Jalisco and NE Colima).
A. u. ultramarina
(Bonaparte, 1825) – SC Mexico (SE Jalisco and NW Michoacán E in S Mexican Plateau region to Veracruz).
28–32 cm; male 84–150 g, female 77–137 g. Small, chunky, crestless jay, dull bluish above and dingy below, with fairly heavy, pointed bill; bill length... read more
Not formally studied. Like other corvids, has soft "whisper-song", begging calls, and... read more
Montane mixed woodland with oak (Quercus) and pine (Pinus) or juniper (... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous; seasonal specialist on pine and oak crops. Diet nuts, fruits, seeds, nectar; invertebrates; small vertebrates, e.g. lizards,... read more
Nest-building begins late Feb and early Mar and laying late Mar to early Apr (rarely through Jun) in S USA (Arizona); repeated nesting... read more
Resident. Dispersal extremely limited, but rare long-distance movements and wanderings of vagrants... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout range. In Arizona, average size of home range 0·36 km2. Populations in Arizona fluctuated annually during 1986–1994,... read more
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