Black-chested Jay Cyanocorax affinis

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The Black-chested Jay occurs from extreme southeast Costa Rica across Panama to northern Colombia, and into northwest Venezuela. The head and throat are black, with otherwise largely white underparts, although there are blue spots both above and below the eyes, and the upperparts are principally dark violet-blue, with a white tip to the tail. It is found in a variety of forest types, both wet and dry, from sea level to at least 2600 m, and it forages in small groups of up to eight, taking invertebrates, various fruits, and even the occasional small vertebrate. It is possibly also a social breeder, but this aspect of the species’ behavior is poorly known to date, despite that the Black-chested Jay is reasonably common locally.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Black-chested Jay (Cyanocorax affinis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: