Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Azure-naped Jay (Cyanocorax heilprini)


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

Cyanocorax heilprini


, 1885,

Rio Negro, Brazil


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


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


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


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


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


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

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

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). 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 on 14 December 2019).