Magpie Jays

I am one of the few breeders in the country producing Magpie Jays. I breed both Black Throated Magpie Jays (Callocitta colliei) and White Throated Magpie Jays (Callocitta formosa). These birds have been a passion of mine for many years.

White Throated Magpie Jays naturally range from Jalisco, Mexico to Costa Rica. Black Throats (which some consider to be a subspecies) are limited to the Northwestern Mexico.

These gregarious, social, and intelligent birds are wonderful aviary bird. They are not suited to life in cage. Many of the birds I have produced have ended up on television and the big screen, in shows like Six Feet Under and films like Stardust.

If you are interested in keeping Magpie Jays download this Magpie Jay Care PDF.

Raising Magpie Jays from hatching to weening age is a very labor intensive since the babies need to eat almost continously to live and grow. Magpie Jays in the wild solve this problem by being cooperative nesters. For more information about White Throated Magpie Jays check out this great website. Much less is known about Black Throated Magpie Jays in the wild. One online reference is here.