Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Quindio Jay (Cyanolyca quindiuna)


French: Geai du Quindio German: Quindíohäher Spanish: Chara de Quindío

Cyanolyca armillata γ. quindiuna

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1876,

Cordillera de Quindío, Colombia


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. armillata, but differs in its slightly larger size but markedly longer tail (effect size 4.25, score 2); turquoise vs soft blue wings, back, tail and lower underparts (4); and narrower black frons (1); but no vocal differences detectable in recorded material to date. Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.

C Colombia (from Quindío Mts, in C Andes, S to E slope of Andes of Pasto) S to extreme N Ecuador (Carchi, W Napo).

Descriptive notes

34 cm; 190–210 g. Larger, with larger bill and longer tail than the formerly conspecific C. armillata, with a darker crown and nape, contrasting less with the back,... read more


Not known to differ from C. armillata (see Taxonomy, above), with large repertoire... read more


Occurs in humid forest, edges and older second growth, especially where there is bamboo and tree-... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly documented. Forages in pairs or small flocks in subcanopy and canopy, along branches with epiphytes, hopping along and pausing to... read more


No information on nest and eggs. Apparently breeds from Jun in C Andes of Colombia.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Poorly known. Considered uncommon, even rare, in Colombia, but fairly common locally in far S of country, and very rare in N Ecuador... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Quindio Jay (Cyanolyca quindiuna). 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 May 2019).