Tufted Jay Cyanocorax dickeyi

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Meredith Kittelson and Cameron K. Ghalambor


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

Tufted Jay is endemic to Mexico. Its distribution is extremely limited, as shown by the fact that this large, spectacular species was not discovered until as late as 1934 (Moore 1935). It is a resident species, and is considered uncommon to common within its range. Tufted Jay distribution is restricted to the Sierra Madre Occidental in northwestern Mexico in eastern Sinaloa, western Durango and northern Nayarit (Miller et al. 1957, Howell and Webb 1995). Recent unpublished records from Chichuahua (C. Villar-Rodríguez et al. , cited by BirdLife International 2014) remain unconfirmed.

The elevational range of Tufted Jay is 1500-2100 m (Howell and Webb 1995).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Tufted Jay occupies wooded hillsides with oak, pine-oak, and semideciduous forests (Crossin 1967, Madge and Burn 1994, Howell and Webb 1995). During the autumn months, this jay can be found in oak and pine-oak forests, since it is attracted by the acorn crops (dos Anjos 2009).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Kittelson, M. and C. K. Ghalambor (2014). Tufted Jay (Cyanocorax dickeyi), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.tufjay1.01