Black-throated Jay Cyanolyca pumilo

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
  • © Jorge Montejo

Confined to a relatively small area of Middle America, from extreme southeastern Mexico south to Honduras, Black-throated Jay is a distinctive forest based corvid of altitudes between 1200 and 3050 m. This small jay is most closely related to Dwarf Jay (Cyanolyca nanus), Silvery-throated Jay (Cyanolyca argentigula), and White-throated Jay (Cyanolyca mirabilis). Black-throated Jay has largely deep blue plumage, and s easily is identified by the combination of wholly black throat and face, and the narrow white upper border to the black patch. The breeding behavior of this species still is poorly known, although it does not seem to be a cooperative nester. It feeds on invertebrates, and the Black-throated Jay forms flocks of up to a dozen individuals that forage at all levels in the forest.


© Charles Duncan

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

Recommended Citation

Rodríguez-Flores, C. I., C. A. Soberanes-González, M. d. C. Arizmendi, and T. S. Schulenberg (2014). Black-throated Jay (Cyanolyca pumilo), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.