Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)


Amami Jay (Garrulus lidthi)


French: Geai de Lidth German: Prachthäher Spanish: Arrendajo de Lidth
Other common names: Lidth's Jay

Garrulus lidthi


, 1850,

“Asia orientali”= Amami-Oshima, Japan


See G. lanceolatus. Monotypic.


Amami-Oshima, in N Ryukyu Is (S Japan).

Descriptive notes

38 cm; c. 125 g. A rather large, dark purplish-blue and chestnut jay with forehead and loral feathering somewhat stiffened, crown feathers very slightly elongated (can be... read more


Most frequent call a harsh, grating "kraah", readily given in alarm by flushed birds, or... read more


Mature forest of various types, both subtropical evergreen broadleaf forest and conifers; also... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous. Chiefly invertebrates, but also small snakes and lizards, during breeding season; at other times has fondness for chestnuts and... read more


Eggs recorded in Feb and Mar. Probably has long-term pair-bond. Solitary breeder. Nest a foundation of twigs, with deep cup lined with... read more


Mainly sedentary; some altitudinal migration at higher elevations.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Nansei Shoto EBA. Found only on Amami-O-shima and nearby tiny island of Kakeroma-jima. In 1983 a single individual was... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Amami Jay (Garrulus lidthi). 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 on 6 December 2019).