Cayenne Jay Cyanocorax cayanus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The vocalizations of the Cayenne Jay are varied. One of the most frequent vocalizations is described as "a loud keep! Yop! or either note [given] separately" (Hilty 2003). Another common vocalization is described as "a rather melodious: 'tjeeeooo' " (Haverschmidt and Mees 1994) or as "a loud, downslurred KEEOOP!" (Hilty 2003). Other vocalizations include "a loud ringing 'choh-choh-choh' " (Ridgely and Tudor 1989) or "ringing kup-kup-kup (sometimes only two notes)" (Hilty 2003) and "a harsh kriit!" (Hilty 2003).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

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.