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Silvery-throated Jay - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Central American Jay

Cyanolyca argentigula


25 - 27cm.

  • Black head and neck
  • Whitish, strongly violet-washed narrow band over forecrown and extending back almost as supercilium
  • Black nape and upperparts
  • Bright cyan-blue upperwing and tail
  • Lavender-coloured throat
  • Blackish underparts with slightly cyan tinged belly
  • Dark red eye
  • Black bill and legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles are duller than adults.

Similar species

Similar to White-throated Jay but the white line is more extensive in the latter and ranges don't overlap.


Costa Rica and Panama.
An uncommon restricted-range species.


Two subspecies recognized:


Moist montanes favouring oak forest. Occurs at 2000 - 3200m, occasionally lower.


Usually seen in flocks of 4 - 10 birds, outside breeding season up to 30.
Feeds on invertebrates, small lizards, small frogs but takes also berries and small fruits.
No information on breeding. Season probably between March and June.
A resident species with some altitudinal movement.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  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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