Western scrub-jay Aphelocoma californica

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The Mexican Jay, an inhabitant of southeastern Arizona, is similar to the Western Scrub-Jay but has uniform underparts lacking the white throat and dark collar and more evenly colored upperparts. Pinyon Jay has blue underparts and a shorter tail.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.