Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Donna Molfetto


The nest is a "sparsely built ... simple accumulation of sticks ... that may virtually disintegrate by the time the young fledge," and mostly is built by the egg-laying female. (Hardy 1976). They nest in thick bushes, vine tangles in trees, and similar microhabitats. The mean nest height is 3.9 m (range 1.5-5.9 m, n=10) for nests in a coffee plantation (Hardy 1976). Nests are made of twigs lined with plant fibers, rootlets, and fine pliant twigs (Goodwin 1976). Cyanocorax melanocyaneus lays three to six pink to deep red eggs with red-brown markings (Hardy 1976, Howell and Webb 1995).  Eggs are laid in late April to May (Goodwin 1976). 

Recommended Citation

Molfetto, D. (2010). Bushy-crested Jay (Cyanocorax melanocyaneus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.bucjay1.01