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Photo by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Brasilia, Brazil
Cyanocorax cristatellus


35cm (13¾ in). A distinctive jay.

  • Dark blue back
  • Black head and neck
  • White below
  • White breast
  • Pronounced curled crest (larger in males)
  • Cyan-blue base of tail, white rest

Sexes similar. Juveniles are duller than adults and have a shorter and less curled crest.


Found in southeast Brazil, extreme east-central and northeast Paraguay and extreme east Bolivia.
Common in most of its range.


This is a monotypic species[1].

May form a superspecies with Violaceous Jay, Purplish Jay and Azure Jay.


Dry Cerrado forest. Occurs at 150m to 1100m.

Photo by oderson
Arenópolis, Brazil, November 2009



The diet includes insects, fruit, eggs and nestlings, geckos, palm nuts, nectar, and invertebrates.
Usually seen in small flocks of 6 - 9 birds.


Breeding season from September to March. Social breeders with helpers. The nest is cu-shaped and made of twigs. It's placed 3 - 7m above the ground in a tree. Lays 5 - 6 eggs.

There may be more than one brood in the year.


A sedentary species.


Call: gray, graa, gray-gray-gray repeated 8-10 times.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2016)

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