White-tailed Jay Cyanocorax mystacalis

  • © Dusan Brinkhuizen

White-tailed Jay is a range-restricted Corvid of the Pacific Coast of South America. Found only in western Ecuador and northwestern Peru, it is the only jay in its range. The species is blue on the back and wings, white below and on the nape with a thick black bridle, yellow irides, and white tail tip and white outer rectrices on an otherwise blue tail. Conspicuous as it forages in the open, it is also rather rather vocal, often giving a repetitive hollow call. White-tailed Jay prefers dry woodland or desert-like scrub below 1200 meters in elevation.

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

Recommended Citation

White-tailed Jay (Cyanocorax mystacalis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/whtjay2