The White-throated Magpie-jay is a blue bird with a black crest, a white throat, white front with black chest bar and a long blue tail. It comes from Central America. Most of the photos on this page were taken by Alexandra Makhnina in Costa Rica.
Magpie-jays are two species of similar birds in the Jay family -- the White-throated and the Black-throated. They hybridise where their ranges meet.
The subspecies above left and centre from Costa Rica has white feathers in its crest whereas the nominal subspecies, above right, has a fully black crest and black line below the eye.
A close flock includes a breeding pair and female relatives; a larger foraging or mobbing group includes itinerant males. Males have longer magpie-like tails than females or juveniles.
Magpie-jays are intelligent and gregarious birds and can be noisy. Here several have banded together (with anis) to mob a boa constrictor which descends from tree to undergrowth. (Sasha - you were very brave!)