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Turquoise Jay - BirdForum Opus

Photo by steveblain
Guango, Ecuador, September 2004
Cyanolyca turcosa


30 - 34cm.

  • Black forehead, lores and side of head
  • Pale turquoise-blue crown and nape
  • Pale, almost turquoise-blue throat, darkening towards lower throat
  • Narrow black collar at upper breast
  • Cerulean blue rest of plumage
  • Probably brown eye
  • Black bill and legs

Sexes similar, juveniles are duller.

Similar species

Superficially similar to Beautiful Jay which has the pale crown contrast to the mantle and is overall a much darker bird.


Andes of southwest Colombia through Ecuador to northern Peru.
Fairly common in Ecuador and Peru, less so in Colombia.


This is a monotypic species which in the past was seen as a subspecies of White-collared Jay


Humid cloudforest at 1500m - 3500m. More tolerant to open forest as Black-collared Jay.


Forages in small flocks in the subcanopy and canopy of interior forest.
No information about diet.
No information about breeding.
A sedentary species.


  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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