Yucatan Jay

Information about the Bird Yucatan Jay

The Yucatan jay (Cyanocorax yucatanicus) is a species of bird in the family Corvidae, the crows and their allies. It is native to the Yucatn Peninsula where its habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forest, plantations and cleared areas at altitudes up to 250m (820ft). Adults are about 30cm (12in) long, black, with blue wings, mantle, and tail, black bills, yellow eye rings and legs. Immature birds have yellow bills. This is a common species of jay with a wide range and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of "least concern".

It is found primarily in the Yucatn Peninsula, which comprises the northern part of the nation of Belize; and Guatemala's northern El Petn Department and the Mexican states of Yucatn, Quintana Roo and Campeche. It is also present in parts of the neighbouring states of Chiapas and Tabasco. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, heavily degraded former forest, and plantations up to 250m (820ft).
The jay is approximately 30cm (12in) long. Adults are black, with cerulean blue wings, mantle, and tail. They have black bills, yellow eye rings, and yellow legs. Juvenile Yucatn jays have completely yellow bare parts and white, rather than black, body plumage. They molt out of the white plumage by September or October, but retain the yellow bill and eye ring for a few more months. They also have pale-tipped retrices, which the adults lack.
The Yucatan jay is a common species throughout most of its wide range. It is an adaptable species and the population is thought to be increasing as clearing of forests is creating new areas of suitable habitat. No particular threats have been identified, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of "least concern".

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