Mexican Jay

Aphelocoma wollweberi arizonae

Formerly known as the Gray-Breasted Jay, Mexican Jays will extend their range north of the Western Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico into southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. There is a separate population in the Eastern Sierra Madre Mountains (Aphelocoma wollweberi couchii) that reaches north to the Big Bend area of Texas. There are distinct differences in the two groups found in the southern USA, including egg color and voice. Besides these two groups, science believes there are three more subspecies (five total). All the birds pictured in this gallery live in southern Arizona, and so are members of the subspecies A. w. arizonae.

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