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White-naped Jay - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Blue-bearded Jay; White-collared Jay

Photo © by Ciro Albano
Serra da Capivara National Park, north-eastern Brazil, July 2005
Cyanocorax cyanopogon



  • Black crown, sides of head and neck, throat and upper breast
  • Violet malar stripe on throat sides
  • Small bright-blue spots above and below eye
  • Creamy to creamy-white rest of underparts
  • White nape and rear crown
  • Dull dark brown upperparts and wings
  • Tail with white feather tips
  • Yellow eye
  • Black legs and bill

Sexes similar. Juveniles are similar but have only very small eye spots and a narrower and duller malar stripe.

Similar species

Similar to Cayenne Jay and White-tailed Jay but ranges don't overlap. May also be confused with Plush-crested Jay but note the white nape. The range overlap is only small and the two species are usually found in different localities.


The only jay over most of eastern Brazil.
Common in parts of its range but declining locally.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Forms a species pair with Plush-crested Jay and has also been considered conspecific with it.


Mostly found in dry scrub areas (locally called caatinga) and dry forest (cerrado). Also in riparian forest, secondary woodland and at the edge of tropical deciduous forest.



The diet includes insects, animals, fruit and berries.


No confirmed records about breeding habits and nest.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. 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

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