Family Crows (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

Azure Jay (Cyanocorax coeruleus)


Taxonomy

French: Geai azuré German: Azurblaurabe Spanish: Chara cerúlea
Taxonomy:

Pica cœrulea

Vieillot

, 1818,

Paraguay

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Species name hitherto spelt caeruleus, but coeruleus is correct, based on original spelling#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S & SE Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, SE São Paulo), extreme E Paraguay, NE Argentina (Misiones, Corrientes) and NE Uruguay (Cerro Largo).

Descriptive notes

38 cm; 272 g. Small bristly frontal crest formed by long stiffened feathers of forehead; two morphs, differing in blue tone of body plumage. Has forecrown blackish, crown,... read more

Voice

Total of 14 basic calls identified in detailed study. Basic calls may grade into intermediate ones... read more

Habitat

Interior and edges of tropical and subtropical forests; commonly associated with temperate forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, fruits; also animal items, including beetles (Coleoptera), Formicidae (the ants Labidus praedator and Crematogaster... read more

Breeding

Nests found Oct–Jan. Social breeder; helpers at nest seen to mob a Roadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris). Nest of sticks and... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Locally common to uncommon or rare; declining. Estimated home range of flock large, 30–40 ha. In Paraguay... read more

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. (2017). Azure Jay (Cyanocorax coeruleus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60714 on 20 September 2017).