Curl-crested Jay Cyanocorax cristatellus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Mark A. Baran

The Curl-crested Jay (Cyanocorax cristatellus) is a large jay with a black head, white-tipped tail, and distinctive recurved crest. It is endemic to the cerrado woodlands and woodland edges in south-central Brazil and parts of Paraguay and Bolivia. Omnivores in the fullest sense, the jays have been known to eat a variety of fruit, arthropods, and even some vertebrates. These jays are territorial, forming groups of 9 to 11 individuals. They are cooperative breeders that actively assist in the feeding and rearing of young. The conservation status of the Curl-crested Jay is rated as of Least Concern due to its relative abundance, widespread range, and ability to adapt to anthropogenic habitat changes.


© Ted Parker

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Baran, M. A. (2010). Curl-crested Jay (Cyanocorax cristatellus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.