Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)


Sichuan Jay (Perisoreus internigrans)


French: Mésangeai du Sichuan German: Sichuanhäher Spanish: Arrendajo de Sichuan

Boanerges internigrans

Thayer and Bangs

, 1912,

Shuowlow, west Sichuan, China


Certain aspects of structure (particularly bill shape) and some plumage features (e.g. faint suggestion of barring on secondaries) suggest possible affinity with Garrulus lanceolatus, but drabness of plumage and vocalizations much nearer present genus. Monotypic.


C China from extreme SW Gansu S along borders of NW Sichuan (Min Shan Range), also extreme SE Qinghai and extreme NE & E Xizang.

Descriptive notes

30 cm; 92–123 g. A relatively small and quite long-tailed sooty-grey jay, with a small but often surprisingly conspicuous, pale bill. Similar in proportions to P.... read more


Two types of call recorded, both given by foraging birds, but neither seems to be far-carying and... read more


Dense coniferous forests on slopes of mountain valleys and on high plateaux, between 2800 m and... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous; diet includes seeds, berries, insects and other invertebrates; said also to take carrion. Forages in pairs or family groups... read more


Breeds Mar–May; nest construction begins Mar, incubation (probably wholly by female) from late Mar until mid-Apr, when eggs hatch,... read more


Presumed sedentary. In some regions not regularly seen during spring and summer, but this possibly... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in West Sichuan Mountains EBA. Probably overlooked owing to its shy and unobtrusive habits, but clearly rare, with small,... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Sichuan Jay (Perisoreus internigrans). 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 15 December 2019).