Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Bushy-crested Jay
eBird range map for Bushy-crested Jay

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

The Bushy-crested Jay is found in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and northern Nicaragua (Goodwin 1976). The elevational range is 600-2400 m (Parker et al. 1996).

Distribution outside the Americas

This bird is not found outside the Americas.


The Bushy-crested Jay can be found in a variety of habitats from arid to semihumid forests and forest edges and scrub (Howell and Webb 1995). They also tolerate disturbed habitats such as second growth forests and plantations (Howell and Webb 1995).  They are rare in mature forests, however, and are found there only where clearings are present (Goodwin 1976).

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

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