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Plush-crested Jay Cyanocorax chrysops

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Sarah K. Reich
  • © Glenn Bartley

The Plush-crested Jay (Cyanocorax chrysops) is a distinctly-colored member of the Corvidae. It has a dark violet blue back, a black bib, pale yellow underparts, tail band, and nape, spots of blue above and below the eye, and of course, a short crest of stiff, “plush-like” crown feathers, from which its name is derived. It is commonly found in the forests and woodlands of south central South America. These gregarious jays actively forage in groups between ten to twelve individuals, often accompanied by Purplish Jays (Cyanocorax cyanomelas).


© Matthew D. Medler

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

Recommended Citation

Reich, S. K. (2010). Plush-crested Jay (Cyanocorax chrysops), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.