White-throated Magpie-Jay Calocitta formosa



Conservation Status

Due to the large range of the white-throated magpie-jay, is it rated as a species of Least Concern. Its recent range expansion in Costa Rica suggests its population may be increasing somewhat in that area.

Effects of human activity on populations

Magpie-jays are a typical edge species, requiring isolated nest trees and some sort of food source. When human activity, especially agriculture and cattle ranching, provides these recources, magpie-jays benefit. They are not well adapted to climax tropical dry forest, and were probably limited to natural edge features, and thus would have been rarer before human activity in Central America.

Recommended Citation

White-throated Magpie-Jay (Calocitta formosa), 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/wtmjay1