San Blas Jay Cyanocorax sanblasianus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Kimberly Adams

The San Blas Jay is a large jay endemic to the Pacific coast of central Mexico.  It has a black and underparts, crisply set off blue wings, back, and tail. This is very social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals and containing multiple breeding pairs. The San Blas Jay also has helpers at the nest: members of the group, in addition to the parents, help to feed the young, especially after fledging. Primarily an insectivore, the San Blas Jay also feeds on fruit and lizards in various habitats such as mangrove swamps and dry scrubby woodlands.  Other common names for the San Blas Jay include Geai de San Blas (French), Acapulcoblaurabe (German), Chara de San Blas (Spanish), and the Black-and-blue Jay.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Adams, K. (2010). San Blas Jay (Cyanocorax sanblasianus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.