Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Silvery-throated Jay (Cyanolyca argentigula)


French: Geai à gorge argentée German: Silberkehlhäher Spanish: Chara gorjiplateada

Cyanocitta argentigula


, 1875,

near Pico Blanco, above Sipurio, Costa Rica


See C. mirabilis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. albior Pitelka, 1951 – C Costa Rica (Cordillera Central).
  • C. a. argentigula (Lawrence, 1875) – S Costa Rica (Cordillera de Talamanca) and W Panama (W Chiriquí).
  • Descriptive notes

    25–27 cm; 65 g. Forehead and lores have an inconspicuous tuft of very short stiff feathers. Nominate race has head and neck, including malar region, black, narrow but... read more


    Most frequent call a harsh, nasal, somewhat scratchy "jew-jeah-jeah" or a single "nyaaaah";... read more


    Montane humid cloudforest, favouring oak (Quercus) forest, at 2000–3200 m;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, small frogs, small lizards, salamanders; also berries and small fruits. Forages in flocks of 4–10 individuals, but... read more


    No information available. Breeding said to occur between Mar and Jun.


    Resident. Possible seasonal descent to lower elevations.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Generally rather uncommon. Low-density populations in Costa Rica; appears... read more

    Recommended citation

    dos Anjos, L. (2020). Silvery-throated Jay (Cyanolyca argentigula). 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 27 February 2020).