French: Geai à poitrine noire German: Schwarzbrust-Blaurabe Spanish: Chara pechinegra
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. zeledoni
Ridgway, 1899 – extreme SE Costa Rica (Caribbean slope) and tropical and subtropical zones of Panama.
C. a. affinis
Pelzeln, 1856 – N & NE Colombia (S to R San Juan and Huila) and NW Venezuela (Zulia, Táchira, Mérida, Trujillo, W Lara and Falcón).
33–36 cm; 194–232 g. Feathers on forehead, together with nasal plumes, stiffened and forming short, more or less laterally compressed frontal crest. Male nominate... read more
Repertoire quite varied, of harsh, squeaky and metallic short notes. Social call transcribed as "... read more
Wide variety of seasonal forests (wet and dry), from sea-level to 2600 m, usually in foothills;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes various fruits, berries, also invertebrates, also occasional small lizard or frog. Forages in flocks of 3–8 individuals... read more
Recorded between Jan and May. Possibly a social breeder. Nest bulky, of sticks and twigs, lined with finer twigs and plant fibres, built... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Relatively uncommon to locally common in Venezuela and Colombia; rather local in Panama and Costa Rica.
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