A Mischief of Jays

In the oak woodlands of southeastern Arizona, we share a habitat with the Mexican Jays (Aphelocoma wollweberi). They form a social group, largely of family members, whose non-breeding juveniles from previous years act as helpers to raise a new brood. The youngest have a pale pink bill that over several years gradually reduces color until it becomes entirely black. These vocal, curious and intelligent corvids are both lively and captivating. Gawky young intently watch the older birds and learn the ways of their intricate world. Can you follow their story?

The Society of Animal Artists 2012 Annual Exhibition  
--The Ethology Award for the Best Depiction of Natural Behavior in Any Medium 
--Western Art Collector’s Magazine Editor’s Choice Award

Artists for Conservation: The Art of Conservation 2012

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2012 Exhibition
--A People's Choice Award

Mexican Jay (Aphelocoma wollweberi), Arizona Darkling (Eleodes obscurus), Emory Oak (Quercus emoryi).
Original Pastel: Image size: 13"w x 20"h
Original: SOLD
Archival Print: US $350.00