Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Cayenne Jay (Cyanocorax cayanus)


French: Geai de Cayenne German: Cayenneblaurabe Spanish: Chara de Cayena

Corvus cayanus


, 1766,

Cayenne, French Guiana




SE Venezuela (N & E Bolívar and S Delta Amacuro), the Guianas, and N Brazil (Roraima S to Manaus area, and E to N Amapá).

Descriptive notes

33 cm; 147–230 g. An inconspicuous frontal crest with nasal tuft and forehead feathering stiffly erect but short. Has forehead, forecrown, side of head and side of neck... read more


Repertoire quite varied. Clear downslurred whistle transcribed as "keyow" (possibly social call)... read more


Woodland of various types, such as wooded savanna, riparian forest, and scrub on sandy soil, to... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes beetles (Coleoptera) and Orthoptera, and berries and fruits. Forages in canopy in small flocks; individuals tend to fly only... read more


Season apparently Dec–Mar. Communal breeder; usually one to three helpers. All members of one group participated in defence of nest.... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common but somewhat local in Venezuela and the Guianas; scarce in Brazil.

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. (2019). Cayenne Jay (Cyanocorax cayanus). 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 22 May 2019).