What were the colourful corvids we saw on our Mexican holiday?
Iphotographed these birds while on holiday in Mexico recently –can you identify them?
QAndrea Sleight, Peterborough
Andrea, as you may know, is our advertising executive, and although not a birder, long years on Bird Watching have clearly instilled in her the need to photograph any unusual or unknown birds with whatever’s to hand, in this case her phone! Well done to you, Andrea!
AThese are Yucatan Jays, a member of the crow family restricted to the Mexican states of Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche, and to adjoining parts of Guatemala and Belize. The yellow legs are very distinctive (other North American jay species lack these), and the birds which also have yellow bills are juveniles. These are initially white, but while they’ve gained most of their adult plumage, they retain their yellow beaks and yellow eyes for a few months longer.