The Inca Jay
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Another of my latest birds, the Inca jay (aka South American Green Jay).
The Inca jay is found in a broad sweep across the highlands (primarily the Andes) of South America in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia in humid forests.
They eat arthropods, vertebrates, seeds, and fruit and have been have been observed using sticks as tools to extract insects from tree bark.
The Central American and South American populations of the Green Jay are separated by 1,500 km (900 mi). The two different groups differ in color, calls, and habitat use, and may be different species. The South American Green Jays are larger and have a crest in front of their eyes. It has been suggested that the North American taxa should be considered separate species, Cyanocorax luxuosus. If following this taxonomy, the northern species retains the common name Green Jay, while the South American population, which retains the scientific name Cyanocorax yncas, is renamed the Inca Jay.
As with most of the typical jays, this species has a very extensive voice repertoire. The bird's most common call makes a rassh-rassh-rassh sound, but many other unusual notes also occur. One of the most distinctive calls sounds like an alarm bell.
Rendered in Poser 2012 without postwork. Model credits: Inca Jay (from Songbird ReMix C&U Birds3) and Fig branch (SBRM freebie) by Ken Gilliland.
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