Meet the latest addition to Birdorable: the Black-throated Magpie-Jay joins our cute cartoon corvid family today as our 2023 Bonanza rolls on!

Native to the northwestern regions of Mexico, particularly the states of Sinaloa and Nayarit, this striking bird is a visual treat with its vivid blue and white plumage and extraordinarily long tail – one of the longest of any type of corvid. Though they have a relatively small native range, the population is strong and the species is not considered to be threatened. Forest fragmentation may prove to be a problem for the species as human development expands.

The Black-throated Magpie-Jay is an omnivore; it enjoys a mix of insects, seeds, and fruits.

Black-throated Magpie-Jays are known for their vocal stylings. They can be loud and raucous when gathering in groups; sometimes their calls sound like parrots!

Cute Black-throated Magpie-Jay gifts

Guess tomorrow's bird ...

Tomorrow, we're unveiling a brand-new addition to the Birdorable family, and it's a real giant in the avian world! This majestic bird, known for its impressive size and striking appearance, is often crowned as the largest heron on the planet. With long legs, a powerful beak, and a statuesque presence, it's a sight to behold in its natural habitat. Can you guess which bird we're talking about? Stay tuned and visit our blog tomorrow for the big reveal of this Goliath addition!

Birdorable Clark's Nutcracker

Our 2017 12-day Birdorable Bonanza continues today with an iconic mountain species of the North American west: Clark's Nutcracker!

Clark's Nutcrackers are in the corvid family, related to crows and jays. They are intelligent and gregarious birds found in western parts of North America, in mountain habitats.

Clark's Nutcrackers feed mostly on the seeds from pine trees. They use their powerful beaks to crack open cones to reach the seeds inside. They eat the seeds fresh, or from their cached supply when fresh seeds are unavailable. They have excellent memories and can find seeds they have stashed in buried caches several months later.

Clark's nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) on Upper Terrace Loop Drive
Clark's Nutcracker by Yellowstone National Park
Manning Provincial Park
Clark's Nutcracker by GoToVan

Tomorrow's new bird is a species of gull with a larger range than its name would indicate. Can you guess which bird it is?

Cute Clark's Nutcracker Gifts