Black-throated Magpie-Jay


(Calocitta Colliei)

Black-throated Magpie-Jay is native to Mexico, but a few individuals have established a very small colony in San Diego close to the Mexican border. Measuring some 27 inches to the tip of its very long tail, this is an unusually striking bird with brilliant blue color, contrasting black cheek and throat, white underparts, and a prominent curved black and white head plume.

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7 Responses to Black-throated Magpie-Jay

  1. Liz says:

    Amazing! I live in this area and just spotted three of these gorgeous and very noisy birds in my yard. I had never seen them before 🙂

  2. Person Personata says:

    This is 2020. Are these birds still present in the San Diego Area or has the population died out?

  3. Dianne Lani says:

    Are the Black throated magpie jays still at the Bird and Butterfly garden?
    September 6, 2020?
    If so, when and where is my best chance to see them? Years ago I saw them near the small, now closed ranger hut.

  4. Bard Cosman says:

    Sighted 2/12/23, same location

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