Cayenne Jay Cyanocorax cayanus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Alexander V. Kumar


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

Occurs from eastern Venezuela east through the Guianas to northeastern Brazil, and south to near Manaus on the lower Rio Negro.

In Venezuela, found in southeastern Delta Amacuro, and in eastern Bolívar; occurs west to the lower Río Caura, to the lower Río Caroní, and to the lower and middle Río Paragua (Hilty 2003). To the east, it is found in the interior of the countries of Guyana (Snyder 1966), Suriname (Haverschmidt and Mees 1994) and French Guiana (Tostain et al. 1992). In Brazil, the Cayenne Jay is found in Roraima, northern Amazonas east of the Rio Negro, northern Pará, and in Amapá (Sick 1997).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Found in the canopy of wooded savannas and lowland forests.  Fairly common along forest borders, secondary forests and woodland and scrub regions in sandy soil. Essentially absent from continuous forest (Ridgely and Tudor 1989, Haverschmidt and Mees 1994, Madge and Burn 1994, Hilty 2003).

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

Recommended Citation

Kumar, A. V. (2010). Cayenne Jay (Cyanocorax cayanus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.