Violaceous Jay Cyanocorax violaceus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Arjun Brandreth Potter

The Violaceous Jay is a colorful and gregarious member of the crow family of lowland evergreen forests of northern South America. True to its name, the Violaceous Jay is predominantly dark violet-blue, with a black facial mask. Violaceous Jays frequent a wide variety of forest habitats, including degraded forest, but are especially common in riparian corridors and along forest edges. This wide habitat tolerance combined with its wide range, loud flocking behavior, and striking plumage make the Violaceous Jay one of the most conspicuous corvids of South America.


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

Recommended Citation

Potter, A. B. (2010). Violaceous Jay (Cyanocorax violaceus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.