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White-throated Magpie-Jay

Common Name White-throated Magpie-Jay

Scientific Name Calocitta formosa

Species Birds

Family/Group Magpies



  • Bob wrote on May 4, 2019:

    Nicaraguan name is Urraca.

    They usually have several black feathers on their face, and each bird's face and neck marking are slightly unique. If you look carefully, you can identify each individual, because its face will be different from every other one.

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A spectacular jay of Pacific slope; tail very long, accounting for half the bird's total length. Mainly grayish blue above with long, loose and somewhat recurved black crest; face and entire underparts white, with some black on sides of neck and narrow black band across breast; outer til feathers broadly white-tipped.

Habits and Behavior

Usually in small flocks, often bold and noisy, regularly seen flying low in loose straggling formation, one after the other, their long tails streaming behind with unmistakable silhouette. Has a variety of loud and arresting calls, the commonest being a harsh grating wrah! sometimes given in series; numerous other calls in varying quality are also uttered.

Nicaragua Animal Guide