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Mexican Jay

Aphelocoma ultramarina

Mexican Jay
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 12 in. (29 cm)
Large, noisy and gregarious, this jay is common in pine-oak woodlands of mountainous areas. The Mexican Jay is easily attracted to seed feeders but in the wild it relies heavily on acorns. The small family groups in which it travels all help build the large bulky nest that the dominant pair will use. The rest of the flock also helps feed the young once they hatch out. The four-digit banding code is MEJA.

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

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