Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

Campina Jay (Cyanocorax hafferi)


French: Geai de Haffer German: Hafferblaurabe Spanish: Chara de la Campina

Cyanocorax hafferi

Cohn-Haft et al.

, 2013,

65 km north by north-west of Manicoré (5°21.5’ S, 61°41’ W), Amazonas, Brazil


Recently described#R as a species closely related to C. heilprini, of which it has subsequently been considered a race#R. Differs from C. heilprini, however, in its pale azure vs dark purplish-blue breast (3); much paler uppertail (2); and two bare patches of blue skin above and below the eye (2). Monotypic.


WC Amazonian Brazil S of Amazon, from W bank of R Purus to W bank of R Madeira.

Descriptive notes

c. 33 cm; 172 g (one male). Adult has black forecrown, chin to upper breast, lores and ear-coverts, with stiff erect feathers that form a tuft from base of nares to above eye... read more


Fairly large and varied repertoire, comprising sharp whistles, tooting sounds and mewing notes,... read more


Highly specific to the edge of Amazonian savannas (campinas) on waterlogged soils that... read more

Food and feeding

Believed to be omnivorous, with both arthropod parts and seeds being recorded in stomach contents, and birds observed carrying and pecking... read more


Breeds during dry season, with all nests having been found in Jul–Sept. Groups are territorial and apparently separated by at least 1 km.... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Virtually confined to the Madeira–Purus interfluvium, apart from one observation W of the R Purus. Overall... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Campina Jay (Cyanocorax hafferi). 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 13 December 2019).