Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Plush-crested Jay (Cyanocorax chrysops)


French: Geai acahé German: Kappenblaurabe Spanish: Chara moñuda

Pica chrysops


, 1818,



Previously regarded as conspecific with C. cyanopogon; race insperatus may belong with that species#R. Proposed race interpositus (Alagoas, in NE Brazil) seems to be based on a female of C. cyanopogon in worn subadult plumage, but might be valid. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. diesingii Pelzeln, 1856 – N Brazil in extreme E Amazonas and Rondônia#R (right bank of R Madeira); S side of Amazon in W Pará (lower R Tapajós).
  • C. c. insperatus O. M. O. Pinto & Camargo, 1961 – SW Pará (restricted to E lower R Tapajós, Serra do Cachimbo) and N Mato Grosso (Serra dos Caiabis)#R, in NC Brazil.
  • C. c. chrysops (Vieillot, 1818) – N, E & SE Bolivia (Beni, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija), SE Brazil (S Mato Grosso and S Minas Gerais S to Rio Grande do Sul), Paraguay, NE Argentina (S to Chaco and Entre Ríos) and NW Uruguay.
  • C. c. tucumanus Cabanis, 1883 – NW Argentina (Salta, Tucumán, Catamarca and La Rioja).
  • Descriptive notes

    32–35 cm; 127–170 g. Stiffened feathers on forehead become less stiff on forecrown and crown, with very velvety texture at tips, creating peculiar plush-like cap... read more


    Large repertoire, 23 vocalizations identified, almost all consisting of melodic notes, with the... read more


    Various types of forest, such as tropical lowland evergreen forest, tropical deciduous forest and... read more

    Food and feeding

    In three study sites in S Brazil (Paraná), annual diet mainly small invertebrates (80% of records), mostly insects; also some fruits... read more


    Breeds in Oct–Dec in Paraguay and S Brazil. Communal breeder; with two or three helpers; helpers assist with nest-building and... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to abundant in most parts of range. In Paraná state, in S Brazil, flocks had estimated home range of 20–30 ha.... read more

    Recommended citation

    dos Anjos, L. (2019). Plush-crested Jay (Cyanocorax chrysops). 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 11 December 2019).