French: Geai du Yucatan German: Yucatánblaurabe Spanish: Chara yucateca
A. J. C. Dubois, 1875,
See C. melanocyaneus. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. y. rivularis
(Brodkorb, 1940) – Tabasco and SW Campeche, in SE Mexico.
C. y. yucatanicus
(A. J. C. Dubois, 1875) – SE Mexico (Yucatán, Campeche except SW, and Quintana Roo) S to N Guatemala (Petén district) and N Belize.
31–33 cm; 105–128 g. Head bulky, with short tufted feathers on forecrown. Nominate race has head, neck and upper mantle black, rest of upperparts, including wing... read more
Large vocabulary. Most frequently heard is rapid chatter call, a sequence of harsh notes, lower in... read more
Edges and clearings of deciduous forest and dense scrubby woodland, from sea-level to 250 m. In... read more
Food and feeding
Stomachs contents in spring indicated about equal proportions of plant and animal items; seeds (especially corn) accounted for most of... read more
Laying in May and Jun, at least; seemingly two sequential or partially overlapping nesting phases in breeding season. Communal breeder,... read more
Sedentary; movements of up to 4 km seem rare.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common throughout range. Habitat disturbance has benefited this species.
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