Unicolored Jay Aphelocoma unicolor


The Unicolored Jay ranges, somewhat discontinuously, from eastern Mexico south to western Honduras and El Salvador, and as many as five subspecies, which differ in overall plumage tones and size, are currently recognized. This jay is, as its name suggests, uniform dark blue, relieved only by a small area of black around the eyes. It is crestless and is rather long-tailed, with a comparatively heavy bill. Unicolored Jays are omnivorous residents of wet cloud forests at elevations between approximately 2100 and 3050 m, where they usually remain reasonably high in the trees, often foraging in lichens and bromeliads, and rarely visit the ground to feed.

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  • Breeding
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Recommended Citation

Unicolored Jay (Aphelocoma unicolor), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/unijay1