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About the Green Jay

The Green Jay is a bird-species of the New World jays. Its ranges stretches from southern Texas into Mexico and Central America.

Green Jays have feathers of yellowish-white with blue tips on the top of the head, cheeks and nape, though some forms have more blue than others. The breast and underparts have a bright yellow hue, fading to cream in worn plumage. The upper parts of this bird appear rich green.

Green Jays usually build a nest in a tree or in a thorny bush or thicket, and the female lays 3 to 5 eggs. Only the female incubates, but both parents take care of the young.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 16 July 2007
Scientific Name Cyanocorax yncas
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Cyanocorax
  • C. yncas
Birdorable Family Corvids, Shrikes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 July 2016)
Units: Imperial Metric
11 inches
Range North America Central America South America United States (West)

International Names

  • Sojka Zelenavá (Czech)
  • Grøn Skade (Danish)
  • Groene Gaai (Dutch)
  • Loistonärhi (Finnish)
  • Geai Vert (French)
  • Grünhäher (German)
  • Ghiandaia Verde (Italian)
  • ミドリサンジャク (Midorisanjaku) (Japanese)
  • Grønnskrike (Norwegian)
  • Modrowronka Zielona (Polish)
  • Зелёная сойка (Russian)
  • Urraca Querrequerre (Spanish)
  • Grönskrika (Swedish)