Family Crows (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Azure-naped Jay (Cyanocorax heilprini)


Taxonomy

French: Geai à calotte azur German: Azurnacken-Blaurabe Spanish: Chara nuquiazul
Taxonomy:

Cyanocorax heilprini

Gentry

, 1885,

Rio Negro, Brazil

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Often considered conspecific with C. hafferi (see below). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Extreme E Colombia (S Guainía and extreme E Vaupés, possibly also SE Vichada), extreme S Venezuela (W Amazonas) and extreme NW Brazil (upper R Negro).

Descriptive notes

33–36 cm. Nasal tuft and forehead feathering stiffy erect but short, forming frontal crest. Forehead, forecrown and side of head black, side of neck, throat and upper... read more

Voice

Loud, harsh "jeer", similar to that of C. violaceus but thinner, higher and more... read more

Habitat

Forest borders, secondary growth and savanna woodland, on sandy soils; recorded at 100–250 m... read more

Food and feeding

No information available. Was found, supposedly while foraging, in small trees and bushes between forest edge and more lightly wooded... read more

Breeding

Two juveniles noted in Mar and Apr in Venezuela. Nest described as basin-shaped structure of twigs, appearing carelessly made, placed 2... read more

Movements

Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Orinoco-Negro White-sand Forest EBA. Very poorly known species. Appears to be very local and perhaps not... read more

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. (2017). Azure-naped Jay (Cyanocorax heilprini). 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/60720 on 20 September 2017).