Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Bushy-crested Jays have a social call described as clock-clock (Hardy 1974b).  Other vocalizations are described as a nasal scolding kyah kayh, a raucous kyeh-kyeh, and a cheh-cheh-cheh, which sounds like a small parrot (Howell and Webb 1995).  However, the most frequently heard call is a warning call, a thin, high-pitched, rapidly-repeated keep keep keep (Madge and Burn 1994).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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