My guidebook on Costa Rican birds says that the white-throated magpie jay's habitat is the lower elevation dry forest and savannah areas of Costa Rica's north Pacific slope. That certainly describes our area. They are distinctive because of their white breast, a dark ring that looks like a necklace, and a curled crest.
The guidebook also says that these jays are somewhat aggressive. That is probably true of all jays. Aggressive means that they are not afraid to approach possible food sources even if they are in proximity to people.
This bird perched itself on the back of the chair at the next table, but it was obviously interested in breakfast.
We have photos of Julie's Grand Canyon rafting trip posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site this week.