Brown Jay

Brown Jays are large birds that can be completely dark brown with a lighter tint on the back, or in some Southern species, their bellies are white, and they have white tips to their tail feathers.

Adults have black bills, legs, and feet, but the young have yellow legs and eyering. 

  • Psilorhinus morio
  • Length: 15 – 17 in (38.1 – 43.2 cm)
  • Weight: 7 oz (198.4 g)


Brown Jays are usually found in Mexico and Central America, but they are also found in Texas at the north of their range.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Brown Jays in dense woodland with tall trees and near to water.

Brown Jays are omnivorous, so they will feed on insects and rodents as well as berries, fruits, seeds, and nectar. They will find food on the ground but may also hop from branch to branch. 

Brown-Jay Sounds:


A flock of Brown Jays share communal nests located in a forked branch of a tree or a low-lying shrub.  Several adults put together sticks and twigs to make the cup of the nest, and they line it with weeds and other soft materials for the eggs.

They lay up to eight eggs which take around twenty days to hatch. After hatching, the young leave the nest in about four weeks. 

Fun Fact:

The Brown Jay is the largest North American Jay.