Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Black-headed Jay (Garrulus lanceolatus)


Taxonomy

French: Geai lancéolé German: Strichelhäher Spanish: Arrendajo cabecinegro
Taxonomy:

Garrulus lanceolatus

Vigors

, 1830,

#R, Simla–Almora district, north India

.

Along with G. lidthi sometimes separated in Lalocitta. Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Afghanistan (mountains near Kabul and Paktia) and W Himalayas across N Pakistan (S to Safed Koh range) and Kashmir (absent from the Vale) E to Nepal (E to vicinity of Kathmandu).

Descriptive notes

33 cm; 84–104 g. Unmistakable, with black hood, elongated crown feathers erectable into ruffled crest, greyish-pink body and relatively long, barred blue tail; bill... read more

Voice

Similar to that of G. glandarius. Typical call a dry rasping "skaaaak", somewhat... read more

Habitat

Forests, preferring mixed pine-oak (Pinus-Quercus) and cedar-oak (Cedrus... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous. Chiefly invertebrates during breeding season, also small lizards and the eggs and nestlings of small birds; diet includes... read more

Breeding

Eggs recorded in Apr and May. Probably has long-term pair-bond. Solitary breeder. Nest built by both sexes, a deep loose foundation of... read more

Movements

Resident, with some altitudinal migration linked with colder weather at higher elevations. In... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common in W Himalayas, especially so in Indian sector; reasonably common also across N Pakistan into extreme E Afghanistan; E limit of range... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2017). Black-headed Jay (Garrulus lanceolatus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60728 on 24 November 2017).