Merlin

Green Jay Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A sturdy jay without a crest. It has a thick, straight bill, a long, rounded tail, and fairly long legs. In flight the wings are broad and rounded.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Northern Mockingbird, smaller than a Northern Flicker; similar in size to a Blue Jay.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 11.4 in (29 cm)
      • Weight: 2.3-3.9 oz (66-110 g)

Regional Differences

Seven fairly similar subspecies range from Texas (glaucescens) to Honduras (centralis). Another very different and geographically isolated set of subspecies inhabits northern South America. These differ in having tufted forecrowns and bright yellow bellies. The South American subspecies are collectively sometimes called the Inca Jay.