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Black-collared Jay Cyanolyca armillata

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Black-collared Jay is a beautiful montane corvid of northwestern South America. Found in humid forest and edge habitats between 1800 and 3000 meters, the species inhabits the Andes from western Venezuela to northern Ecuador. In this range, it is most common in Venezuela and northern Colombia. It is dark blue overall with a paler blue crown and black facemask connecting to a thin black breastband. In the southern part of its range, Black-collared Jay is sympatric with the similar Turquoise Jay (Cyanolyca turcosa), but that species is greener overall and has a shorter tail.

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Recommended Citation

Black-collared Jay (Cyanolyca armillata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/blcjay2