What’s the name of this bird?

What's the name of this bird?

I ‘d like to know the name of this kind of bird, which comes to tweet and chat with our little white kitten everyday.

I know the bird is native to northern Central America and can be found often in Coffee Plantations of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador. Also, I know the bird belongs to Jay or Magpie family.

The jays are several species of medium-sized, usually colorful and noisy, passerine birds in the crow family Corvidae. The names jay and magpie are somewhat interchangeable, and the evolutionary relationships are rather complex. For example, the Eurasian Magpie seems more closely related to the Eurasian Jay than to the Oriental Blue and Green Magpies, whereas the Blue Jay is not closely related to either. (Source: Absolute Astronomy)

By the way, I don’t know why Guatemala doesn’t promote itself as bird-watchers paradise? Don’t you think we have hundreds of colorful birds with all kinds of forests and jungles.

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  • Wow, I don’t know what it is, but it certainly is beautiful.

  • Pascu

    it looks like a XARA (fem)
    cheers

  • beautiful bird, sorry don’t know the name.

  • Lethe

    I’ve seen that bird in Guatemala and have wondered what it is. I haven’t found it yet from poking around the results of a google search for “guatemala bird”, but there seem to be some good sites a reference resources.

    But the google results also show that there seems to be a growing interest in birding there (and birding tour companies), including a group that meets annually in Antigua. See http://blog.nature.org/2009/03/guatemala-next-hot-birdingecotourism-destination/ (a Nature Conservancy blog)

  • Beatriz

    That’s a beautiful bird.
    I think the name is a Steller’s Jay. I also think she is a female.
    Great pic!

  • Finally Travis S. identified the mysterious blue bird; It’s a Bushy-crested Jay which is native to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montanes.

  • Pascu

    Rocio Aldecoa guiá de aves de Finca Filadelfia dice:
    Bushy-crested Jay Cissilopha melanocyanea
    XARA CENTROAMÉRICANA…ES UNA AVE DE MUCHO INTERÉS PARA EL EXTRANJERO YA QUE ES ENDÉMICA REGIONAL (DE CHIAPAS A HONDURAS NADA MÁS) Y PERTENECE A LA FAMILIA DE LOS JAYS O CORVIDOS

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