Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Plain-crowned Jay (Garrulus bispecularis)


French: Geai à double miroir German: Bergeichelhäher Spanish: Arrendajo coroniliso
Other common names: Himalayan Jay

Garrulus bispecularis


, 1831,

Simla–Almora district, Himalayas


Hitherto treated as conspecific with G. glandarius and G. leucotis; differs from latter in characters given under that species (see below). Differs from former in its plain crown (no black streaks with white, or all black) (3); blue-and-black barred area of middle of secondaries vs white (3); pinkish-tinged buffy-rufous underparts without heavy tinge of grey (2); and whining call with repeated short notes at a pace higher than in either G. glandarius or G. leucotis (3)#R; but see latter species for note on race oatesi. Other forms have been described, most referable to intermediate populations, and best treated as synonyms: thus, insularis included in taivanus; persaturatus and azureitinctus in interstinctus; and rufescens, rubrosus and minhoensis in sinensis. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. b. bispecularis Vigors, 1831 – W Himalayas from N Pakistan (Murree Hills) E to W Nepal.
  • G. b. interstinctus E. J. O. Hartert, 1918 – E Himalayas, S Assam and SE Xizang.
  • G. b. sinensis Swinhoe, 1871 – SC, S & E China and N Myanmar.
  • G. b. oatesi Sharpe, 1896 – NW Myanmar.
  • G. b. haringtoni Rippon, 1905 – W Myanmar.
  • G. b. taivanus Gould, 1863 – Taiwan.
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Plain-crowned Jay (Garrulus bispecularis). 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 24 November 2017).