What were the colour­ful corvids we saw on our Mex­i­can hol­i­day?

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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.

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