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Calocitta formosa (White-throated Magpie-Jay)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The white-throated magpie-jay (Calocitta formosa) is a large Central American species of magpie-jay. It ranges in Pacific-slope thorn forest from Jalisco, Mexico to Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Magpie-jays are noisy, gregarious birds, often traveling in easy-to-find flocks, mobbing their observers.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 4.91408
EDGE Score: 1.77734


Adult Weight [1]  210 grams
Breeding Habitat [2]  Tropical dry forests
Wintering Geography [2]  Non-migrartory
Wintering Habitat [2]  Tropical dry forests
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Frugivore, Nectarivore, Granivore
Diet - Ectothermic [3]  20 %
Diet - Endothermic [3]  20 %
Diet - Fruit [3]  20 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  20 %
Diet - Nectar [3]  10 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  10 %
Forages - Mid-High [3]  40 %
Forages - Understory [3]  40 %
Forages - Ground [3]  20 %


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Balsas dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Central American dry forests Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Central American pine-oak forests Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Coniferous Forests
Jalisco dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests
Southern Pacific dry forests Mexico Neotropic Tropical and Subtropical Dry Broadleaf Forests

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Montecristo National Park IV 9237 El Salvador  
Palo Verde National Park II 46190 Costa Rica  
Refugio de Vida Silvestre Reserva Karen Mogensen F. Nature Reserve 1866 Costa Rica  

Important Bird Areas

BirdLife Species Factsheet: View Factsheet
Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Atitlan Guatemala A1, A2, A3
Barra de Santiago El Salvador A3
Cerrón Grande El Salvador A3
Chocoyero: El Brujo: Montibelli and adjacent landscape Nicaragua A1, A3
Cinquera Forest El Salvador A3
Conchagua Volcano El Salvador A3
Cuilco Guatemala A1, A2, A3
Deininger El Salvador A3
Dipilto-Jalapa Mountain Range Nicaragua A1, A2, A3
Domitila Nicaragua A2, A3
El Imposible Forest El Salvador A3
Escalante River-Chococente-Tecomapa Nicaragua A3
Estero Real Delta and Apacunca Plains Nicaragua A3
Guanacaste lowlands Costa Rica A1, A3
Jiquilisco and Jaltepeque El Salvador A3
Jucuarán Hills El Salvador A2, A3
La Joya El Salvador A3
La Unión Bay El Salvador A3
Lake Güija Guatemala A3
Lake Olomega El Salvador A3
Los Cóbanos El Salvador A3
Los Guatuzos Nicaragua A1, A2, A3
Maderas Volcano Nicaragua A2, A3
Miraflor Nicaragua A1, A2, A3
Mombacho Volcano Nicaragua A1, A2, A3
Momotombo Volcanic Complex Nicaragua A2, A3
Monterrico-Rio La Paz Guatemala A3
Musun Hill Nicaragua A1
Nicoya Peninsula Costa Rica A1, A3, A4i
Quirragua Mountains and adjacent landscape Nicaragua A3
Río Sapo/Perquín El Salvador A2, A3
San Cristóbal-Casita-Chonco Volcanic Complex Nicaragua A2, A3
San Diego and La Barra El Salvador A3
San Miguel Volcano/El Jocotal Lagoon El Salvador A3
San Salvador Volcano El Salvador A2
San Vicente Volcano El Salvador A2, A3
Santiaguito Volcano Guatemala A1, A2, A3
Sierra de las Minas-Motagua Guatemala A1, A2, A3
Tacana-Tajumulco Guatemala A1, A2
The Volcans and San Marcelino El Salvador A2, A3
Tisma Lagoon Nicaragua A2, A3, A4i, A4iii

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama Yes

Prey / Diet

Ficus cotinifolia[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Alouatta palliata (mantled howler monkey)1
Amazona albifrons (White-fronted Parrot)1
Amazona finschi (Lilac-crowned Parrot)1
Amazona ochrocephala (Yellow-crowned Parrot)1
Aratinga canicularis (Orange-fronted Parakeet)1
Aratinga nana (Olive-throated Parakeet)1
Artibeus hirsutus (hairy fruit-eating bat)1
Bassariscus sumichrasti (Cacomistle)1
Brotogeris jugularis (Orange-chinned Parakeet)1
Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal)1
Caryothraustes poliogaster (Black-faced Grosbeak)1
Catharus ustulatus (Swainson's Thrush)1
Cebus capucinus (white-faced capuchin)1
Ctenosaura similis (Black Iguana)1
Cyanerpes cyaneus (Red-legged Honeycreeper)1
Cyanocompsa parellina (Blue Bunting)1
Cyanocorax yncas (Inca Jay)1
Cyanocorax yucatanicus (Yucatan Jay)1
Didelphis marsupialis (Common Opossum)1
Dives dives (Melodious Blackbird)1
Dumetella carolinensis (Grey Catbird)1
Eumomota superciliosa (Turquoise-browed Motmot)1
Euphonia affinis (Scrub Euphonia)1
Euphonia hirundinacea (Yellow-throated Euphonia)1
Euphonia luteicapilla (Yellow-crowned Euphonia)1
Geotrygon montana (Ruddy Quail-Dove)1
Hylocichla mustelina (Wood Thrush)1
Icterus auratus (Orange Oriole)1
Icterus cucullatus (Hooded Oriole)1
Icterus galbula (Northern Oriole)1
Icterus gularis (Altamira Oriole)1
Icterus spurius (Orchard Oriole)1
Megarynchus pitangua (Boat-billed Flycatcher)1
Melanerpes aurifrons (Golden-fronted Woodpecker)1
Melanoptila glabrirostris (Black Catbird)1
Mimus gilvus (Tropical Mockingbird)1
Mimus graysoni (Socorro Mockingbird)1
Molothrus aeneus (Bronzed Cowbird)1
Momotus momota (Blue-crowned Motmot)1
Myiarchus nuttingi (Nutting's Flycatcher)1
Myiarchus tyrannulus (Brown-crested Flycatcher)1
Myiozetetes similis (Social Flycatcher)1
Ortalis vetula (Plain Chachalaca)1
Pachyramphus aglaiae (Rose-throated Becard)1
Passerina cyanea (Indigo Bunting)1
Patagioenas flavirostris (Red-billed Pigeon)1
Patagioenas nigrirostris (Short-billed Pigeon)1
Penelope purpurascens (Crested Guan)1
Piranga bidentata (Flame-colored Tanager)1
Piranga ludoviciana (Western Tanager)1
Piranga olivacea (Scarlet Tanager)1
Piranga rubra (Summer Tanager)1
Pitangus sulphuratus (Great Kiskadee)1
Psarocolius montezuma (Montezuma Oropendola)1
Psilorhinus morio (Brown Jay)1
Pteroglossus torquatus (Collared Aracari)1
Quiscalus mexicanus (Great-tailed Grackle)1
Ramphastos sulfuratus (Keel-billed Toucan)1
Saltator atriceps (Black-headed Saltator)1
Saltator coerulescens (Greyish Saltator)1
Sciurus deppei (Deppe's squirrel)1
Setophaga coronata (Yellow-rumped Warbler)1
Setophaga tigrina (Cape May Warbler)1
Thraupis abbas (Yellow-winged Tanager)1
Thraupis episcopus (Blue-grey Tanager)1
Tiaris olivaceus (Yellow-faced Grassquit)1
Tityra semifasciata (Masked Tityra)1
Trogon citreolus (Citreoline Trogon)1
Trogon melanocephalus (Black-headed Trogon)1
Turdus grayi (Clay-colored Thrush)1
Tyrannus couchii (Couch's Kingbird)1
Tyrannus dominicensis (Grey Kingbird)1
Tyrannus forficatus (Scissor-tailed Flycatcher)1
Tyrannus tyrannus (Eastern Kingbird)1
Tyrannus verticalis (Western Kingbird)1
Vireo bellii (Bell's Vireo)1
Vireo olivaceus (Red-eyed Vireo)1


Parasitized by 
Lubens centroamericanum <Unverified Name>[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Central Florida Zoological Parkcolliei
Faunia (Parque Biologico De Madrid,SA)colliei
Fort Wayne Children's Zoocolliei
Fort Worth Zoological Parkcolliei
Gladys Porter Zoo
Guadalajara Zoocolliei
HeverJardin d'Oiseaux Tropicaux
Houston Zoo, Inc.colliei
Jardim Zoologico / Lisbon Zooformosa
Miami Metrozoocolliei
National Aviary in Pittsburghcolliei
Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary
Parque Ornitologico de Lourosa
Patronato del Parque Zoologico de Leoncolliei
Phoenix Zoocolliei
Rome Zoo-Fondazione Bioparco di Roma
Rotterdam Zoo
Saint Louis Zoological Parkcolliei
Terra Natura S.A.
Tracy Aviarycolliei
Vogelpark (Birdpark) Avifauna
Wildlife World Zoocolliei
Willow Park Zoocolliei
Zoologico Nacional La Aurora
Zoologischer Garten Halle GmbH

Range Map



Attributes / relations provided by
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2Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4"Fig-eating by vertebrate frugivores: a global review", MIKE SHANAHAN, SAMSON SO, STEPHEN G. COMPTON and RICHARD CORLETT, Biol. Rev. (2001), 76, pp. 529–572
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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