Readers of BirdWatching in early 2013 voted Green Jay the ninth most-wanted bird in the United States and Canada. Here’s what you need to know to add it to your life list.
Description, range, and population
DESCRIPTION. Blue crown, black throat and breast, blue and black face, emerald back, yellow-green belly, yellow outer tail feathers. (ABA Code 2)
RANGE. South Texas, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. Inca Jay subspecies from Venezuela to Bolivia treated as a separate species by several authors.
POPULATION. Unknown but said to be increasing.
TEXAS: Dozens of sites south of San Antonio, including Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley, Estero Llano Grande, and Falcon State Parks, Cozad, King, San Jose, and Santa Clara Ranches, Rancho Lomitas, Hazel Bazemore County Park, Santa Ana, Laguna Atascosa, and Aransas NWRs, and Sabal Palm Sanctuary.
Partnership for International Birding: Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley Winter Birding Break, February 2-8 and 9-15, 2014; Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley Plus the Hill Country with Big Bend Extension, April 13-19, 2014
Tropical Birding: South Texas: Birding the Border, February 7-14, 2014
Wings: The Rio Grande Valley with Whooping Crane Extension, February 15-24, 2014; Texas: The Rio Grande Valley in Spring, April 5-14, 2014
High Lonesome Birdtours: Whooping Cranes and the Lower Rio Grande, February 21-March 1, 2014
Rockjumper Birding Tours: Texas — Whooping Cranes and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, February 22-March 2, 2014
Naturalist Journeys: South Texas Birding and Wildlife, February 25-March 2, 2014, with pre-trip extension for Whooping Cranes, February 22-25
BirdQuest: South Texas: Whooping Cranes and Rio Grande Valley specialties and migration, March 28-April 6, 2014
Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival, November 6-10, 2013, Harlingen, Texas
About our poll
We wanted to know, and you told us.
Earlier this year, we published a list of 240 bird species that occur in the United States and Canada and asked readers of BirdWatching magazine to choose the 10 that they wanted to see most.
We derived our list from the authoritative ABA Checklist. We included all rare, casual, and accidental species (ABA Checklist Codes 3, 4, and 5); regularly occurring North American species that are not widespread (Codes 1 and 2); and one species that was once dangerously close to extinction but today is surviving in captivity and struggling to become naturally re-established (Code 6). We omitted most species not native to North America.
Nearly 900 of our readers participated. Their 10 most-wanted birds include three owls, a handful of endangered species, a clown-faced puffin, a blue-footed seabird that is rarely spotted in the United States, and America’s one and only condor.
We presented the 10 most-wanted birds in the August 2013 issue of BirdWatching. Our article included not only the descriptions, population info, and eBird maps above but also 10 things you didn’t know about each species.