French: Geai à face blanche German: Weißkehl-Elsternhäher Spanish: Urraca hermosa cariblanca
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.
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
Quite rich repertoire, some vocalizations suggesting a large parrot (Psittacidae). Twelve... read more
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
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
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common resident in most of its geographical range. Common to fairly common in Mexico; common in Costa Rica.
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