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Alternative name: Heilprin's Jay

Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
Mitu, SW Colombia, December 2011
Cyanocorax heilprini

Includes: Campina Jay


33 - 36cm. A little known jay.

  • Feathers on nasal tuft and forehead stiffy erect forming a frontal crest
  • Black forehad, forecrown and side of head
  • Sepia side of neck, throat and upper breast
  • Narrow malar stripe cyan-blue
  • Sky-blue washed white nape, hindcrown and hindneck
  • Bluish-mauved upperparts suffused with brown-grey
  • Greyish-horn tinged blue tail with narrow whitish tips
  • Greyish-horn tinged blue underparts, becoming pale cream on undertail-coverts
  • Yellowish-white eye
  • Black bill and legs

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed


Only found in extreme east Colombia, extreme south Venezuela and Amazonian Brazil.
A restricted-range species but currently not globally threatened.


Two subspecies recognized:

  • C. h. heilprini from southeastern Colombia to southwestern Venezuela and extrem northwest Brazil
  • C. h. hafferi in southwestern Amazonian Brazil, from the west bank of the Purus River to the west bank of the Madeira River

hafferi was first described as full species, Campina Jay.


Moist lowland forests and dry shrubland on sandy soils. Recorded at 100 - 250m.


Poorly known. No information about diet.
Juveniles were noted in March and April, a nest described as basin-shaped structure made of twigs.
Probably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
  3. Avibase

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