Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Jay (Cyanolyca pumilo)


French: Geai à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehlhäher Spanish: Chara gorjinegra

Cyanocorax pumilo


, 1849,

Guatemala (probably Antigua, in Sacatepéquez Department)


See C. mirabilis (above). Monotypic.


Mountains of extreme SE Mexico (SE Chiapas), Guatemala, W & C Honduras and N El Salvador (Montecristo National Park and Cerro El Pital); perhaps NW Nicaragua#R.

Descriptive notes

25–28 cm; one bird 47 g. Feathers of forehead and lores short, dense and tufted. Forehead and sides of head black, throat sepia; narrow but conspicuous whitish line... read more


Vocalizations resemble some of those of W populations of Aphelocoma coerulescens, such as... read more


Lives in cloudforest between 1200 m and 3050 m, with tree-ferns of several species, sweet gum (... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including insects in both larval and adult stages and spiders (Araneae), and seen to eat large hairy caterpillars; one... read more


Virtually unknown. Immature seen in Jul and Aug in Mexico (El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve). Nest of twigs, placed in outer branches of tree... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not uncommon over its restricted range; was considered in danger of being extirpated in El Salvador. Detailed information on populations lacking.

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. (2020). Black-throated Jay (Cyanolyca pumilo). 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 27 February 2020).