Family Crows (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

Beautiful Jay (Cyanolyca pulchra)


Taxonomy

French: Geai superbe German: Schmuckhäher Spanish: Chara hermosa
Taxonomy:

Cyanocitta pulchra

Lawrence

, 1876,

#R, Quito, Ecuador

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Sister to C. cucullata. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Pacific slope of Andes from C Colombia (S of Chocó and Valle del Cauca) S to NW Ecuador (S to S Pichincha). Monotypic.

Descriptive notes

27 cm. Feathers of forehead and lores are short, dense and tufted. Male has forehead, lores and side of head black, crown and nape light sky-blue, whitish along upper border... read more

Voice

Quickly repeated mellow "chew-chew-chew" (grating call), loosely repeated, or given more... read more

Habitat

Montane forest at 900–2300 m, mostly 1400–1800 m. Lives in mature humid subtropical... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly documented. Forages in understory, more so than do congeners. Forages singly and in pairs; hops, peers, and flies short distances.... read more

Breeding

One nest was a cup of thin sticks with a lining of fine brown fibres, externally decorated with moss; placed at 2.5 m above the ground in a... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon and local in Colombia; rare to locally uncommon... read more

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. & de Juana, E. (2017). Beautiful Jay (Cyanolyca pulchra). 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/60702 on 20 September 2017).