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Black-collared Jay - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Collared Jay

Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
West Andes, Colombia, August 2011
Cyanolyca armillata


30 - 34cm.

  • Black forehead, lores and side of head creating a black mask
  • Dull violaceous blue crown and nape
  • Ultramraine thraot and central upper breast
  • Narrow black collar connected with rear of black ear-coverts
  • Cyan-blue rest of plumage
  • Brown iris
  • Black bill and legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles are duller and have a grey throat.

Similar species

Similar to Turquoise Jay.


South America: found in the Andes of Colombia, Venezuela, and extreme northern Ecuador.
Population poorly known, usually uncommon or rare.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • C. a. armillata:
  • C. a. quindiuna:
  • Andes of southern Colombia and northern Ecuador (eastern Carchi and north-western Napo)
  • C. a. meridana:
  • Andes of north-western Venezuela (north to Trujillo)

Has been considered a subspecies of White-collared Jay in the past.


Humid cloudforest at 1600m to 3250m.


Forages in small flocks in subcanopy and canopy.
Diet poorly known.
No information about breeding.
A sedentary species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  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

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