Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Black-collared Jay (Cyanolyca armillata)


French: Geai à collier German: Schwarzbandhäher Spanish: Chara collareja

Cyanocorax armillatus

G. R. Gray

, 1846,

no locality = Bogotá, Colombia


Forms a monophyletic group with C. turcosa and C. viridicyanus; all three formerly considered conspecific, but differ in morphology and probably voice. Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. quindiuna. Publication of species name probably delayed until Jan 1846#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. meridana (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1876) – NW Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida and NW Táchira).
  • C. a. armillata (G. R. Gray, 1846) – E Andes of SW Venezuela and Colombia (Táchira S along R Chiquito to Cundinamarca).
  • Descriptive notes

    30–34 cm; 190–210 g. Nominate race has forehead, lores and sides of head black, forming a broad mask, crown and nape dull violaceous blue; throat and contiguous... read more


    Large vocal repertoire consisting of variety of short and often musical notes, e.g. a rising,... read more


    Humid, mossy cloudforest, at 1600–3250 m; frequent at forest edges.

    Food and feeding

    Poorly documented. Forages in small flocks in subcanopy and canopy, along branches with epiphytes, hopping along and pausing to peer... read more


    No information. Seems to occur between Jun and Oct in Colombia.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Poorly known. Quite numerous in W Venezuela; considered uncommon, even rare, in Colombia, and exceptionally rare in Ecuador. Can be rare even in... read more

    Recommended citation

    dos Anjos, L. (2017). Black-collared Jay (Cyanolyca armillata). 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 18 November 2017).