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green jay critterImagine a blue jay who comes back from a Cancún resort with a jaunty new wardrobe. That’s the green jay, one of the most colorful birds in Texas. Its dramatic blue-and-black face evokes a lucha libre wrestler’s mask, while the bright yellow belly, lime-green back, and teal tail feathers are straight from a watercolor palette. This is one of the charismatic fliers that make the Lower Rio Grande Valley a global birding destination, especially in the winter. More than five hundred species, or 45 percent of all those found in the U.S., have been seen in the region.Where else does it live?The green jay is common along the coasts of Mexico and Central America, and a closely related subspecies, the Inca jay, flits around South…

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