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White-throated magpie jay

Calocitta formosa


quite a large jay with very long tail


spotted among the trees on Moctezuma Beach and throughout town

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Liam 10 years ago
Calocitta formosa

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36 Comments (1–25)

auntnance123 9 years ago

Thanks, J. It is a close relative to this bird:
(A Black-throated Magpie-Jay is featured in The Big Bang Theory Season 5 episode 9, The Ornithophobia Diffusion, although incorrectly referred to as a "Blue Jay.")

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Fantastic spotting, Nancy! It is beautiful!

auntnance123 9 years ago

Thank you, Yuko, Ali, and Harsha. I think these were the most charming birds that we encountered on our trip.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago


Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago

Very Wonderful!

YukoChartraw 9 years ago

He is admiring himself in the mirror! Can't blame him - he IS beautiful & gorgeous!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Oh thats nice from the couple side! very great!

auntnance123 9 years ago

Thank you, Adarsha and Kranti. Like other jays these birds are omnivorous and rather opportunistic. The first photo in the series is of an individual waiting on the railing on the second floor of the hostel where he had been being fed by a couple staying there.

KrantiAzad 9 years ago

very beautiful .............

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago


auntnance123 10 years ago

@Courtney: I love that one too. This poor fellow about lost his mind trying to fend off tha handsome intruder.

MayraSpringmann 10 years ago


Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 10 years ago

I want one of these!!!

CourtneyVerk 10 years ago

Great series. Especially LOVE the second picture. What a beautiful bird.

auntnance123 10 years ago

Thank you both.

auntnance123 10 years ago

I have to admit that this was by far my favorite bird of our Costa Rica trip this year.

Atul 10 years ago


iamcherreymaiya 10 years ago


KarenL 10 years ago

What a beauty! I would make the last pic the main image!

MartinL 10 years ago

If I had a crest like that, I'd be checking it in the mirror too. (pic4)

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 10 years ago

There are many birds here that I havent seen yet, This one is gorgeous

harsuame 10 years ago

Felicidades que hermosa ave !!!

KdonGalay 10 years ago

nice set auntnance123 .......
Liam you're the birdman

Birdgirl 10 years ago

Why argue about order? Aren't they all beautiful!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Third picture I like most...

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Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jan 20, 2012
Submitted on Jan 22, 2012

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