Family Crows (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Yucatan Jay (Cyanocorax yucatanicus)


Taxonomy

French: Geai du Yucatan German: Yucatánblaurabe Spanish: Chara yucateca
Taxonomy:

Cyanocitta yucatanica

A. J. C. Dubois

, 1875,

Yucatán, Mexico

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See C. melanocyaneus (above). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. y. rivularis (Brodkorb, 1940) – Tabasco and SW Campeche, in SE Mexico.
  • C. y. yucatanicus (A. J. C. Dubois, 1875) – SE Mexico (Yucatán, Campeche except SW, and Quintana Roo) S to N Guatemala (Petén district) and N Belize.
  • Descriptive notes

    31–33 cm; 105–128 g. Head bulky, with short tufted feathers on forecrown. Nominate race has head, neck and upper mantle black, rest of upperparts, including wing... read more

    Voice

    Large vocabulary. Most frequently heard is rapid chatter call, a sequence of harsh notes, lower in... read more

    Habitat

    Edges and clearings of deciduous forest and dense scrubby woodland, from sea-level to 250 m. In... read more

    Food and feeding

    Stomachs contents in spring indicated about equal proportions of plant and animal items; seeds (especially corn) accounted for most of... read more

    Breeding

    Laying in May and Jun, at least; seemingly two sequential or partially overlapping nesting phases in breeding season. Communal breeder,... read more

    Movements

    Sedentary; movements of up to 4 km seem rare.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common throughout range. Habitat disturbance has benefited this species.

    Recommended citation

    dos Anjos, L. (2017). Yucatan Jay (Cyanocorax yucatanicus). 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/60710 on 20 September 2017).