Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

San Blas Jay (Cyanocorax sanblasianus)


French: Geai de San Blas German: Acapulcoblaurabe Spanish: Chara de San Blas

Pica San-Blasiana


, 1842,

Acapulco, Mexico


See C. melanocyaneus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. nelsoni (Bangs & T. E. Penard, 1919) – SW Mexico from Nayarit, Jalisco and Colima S to W Guerrero.
  • C. s. sanblasianus (Lafresnaye, 1842) – C coastal region of Guerrero, in SW Mexico.
  • Descriptive notes

    27–35 cm; 92–122 g. Small frontal crest, length and development varying individually; feathers of loral region plush-like and somewhat stiffened, and continuing... read more


    Chatter call (social call) of nelsoni a rather uniform and short nasal sound, that of... read more


    Arid to semi-humid forest, palm groves with native woodland or scrub nearby; avoids interior of... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including katydids (Tettigoniidae), small lizards (Anolis) and occasionally larger lizards seem to compose bulk of animal... read more


    Eggs and young recorded in Jun and Jul; groups have at least two partly overlapping nesting periods in breeding season. Communal breeder,... read more


    Sedentary. Indications of occasional vagrancy N to S USA (Arizona).

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Balsas Region and Interior Oaxaca EBA and North-west Mexican Pacific Slope EBA. Fairly common to locally common... read more

    Recommended citation

    dos Anjos, L. (2020). San Blas Jay (Cyanocorax sanblasianus). 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 26 February 2020).