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Green Jay

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Green JayCyanocorax yncas
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Corvidae

Basic Description

A brilliant green, yellow, and blue jay of the tropics whose range barely stretches to southern Texas, the Green Jay is a noisy, colorful delight. The birds travel in conspicuous family flocks through brushlands and forests, seeking insects, small vertebrates, and fruit to eat. Like other jays and crows, this species is an incredibly versatile forager equally comfortable at picking, gleaning, pouncing, and even flycatching. During the breeding season, from April through June, these garrulous birds settle down and become a bit quieter.

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Find This Bird

In the U.S., perhaps the best way to see these South Texas specialties is to travel to one of the area’s great refuges and parks, such as Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and sit at the visitor center feeders. Though these noisy, gaudy birds are hard to miss in the open, they can be hard to spot among the leaves when they are silent and still.

Other Names

  • Chara Verde (Spanish)
  • Geai vert (French)
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