|Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio
(aka Psilorhinus morio)
The Brown Jay is distributed from the extreme south of the USA through Mexico and Central America to western Panama. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in a wide variety of habitats but avoids the interior of forests.
|They are dark brown above and on the throat and breast. Remaining underparts are
brownish-buff. There are two morphs: one with a plain tail and the other, shown here, with white tips on all but the central pair of tail feathers. The adult bill and legs are
black while the immature, photo 4, has a yellow bill and legs. These gradually become darker as the bird moves towards full maturity - see photo 3.
The birds forage in flocks of about a dozen and up to 24 individuals. They feed on insects, lizards, fruits and nectar.
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