Yucatan Jay Cyanocorax yucatanicus

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Abigail Duvall


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

Found primarily in the Yucatan, including Meco and the Mugeres islands. Also Belize, the Peten district of Eastern Guatemala, and the state of Tabasco in SE Mexico.  (Ridgway 1904)

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


C.y. yucatanica is usually found in deciduous scrub forest, but occasionally occurs in coastal scrub. C.y. rivularis, the southwestern subspecies, lives in rainforest habitat. In the Yucatan Peninsula, the jays appear to occur in almost all forested areas. In Belize, the jays are less common and will inhabit dense pine ridges and the swampy regions bordering them. (Raitt and Hardy 1976).

Historical changes

No information.

Fossil history

No information.

Recommended Citation

Duvall, A. (2010). Yucatan Jay (Cyanocorax yucatanicus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.yucjay1.01