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Inca Jay

Cyanocorax yncas

Range

  • The Andes of South America

Habitat

  • Forests

Diet

  • Insects
  • Seeds
  • Fruit

Often mistaken for the similarly-plumaged green jay, this separate species is distinguished by its white crown and yellow eyes.

This omnivore forms flocks of up to thirty birds that constantly communicate with each other while foraging. Breeding pairs are assisted by offspring from earlier broods, forming larger family units. For protection, they stay in the lower, darker areas of the forest and avoid clearings.

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