Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

Tufted Jay (Cyanocorax dickeyi)


French: Geai panaché German: Schopfblaurabe Spanish: Chara pinta

Cyanocorax dickeyi

R. T. Moore

, 1935,

Rancho Batel, 5 miles [8 km] north-east of Santa Lucía, 5200 feet [1585 m], Sinaloa, Mexico




Pacific slope of Sierra Madre Occidental (SE Sinaloa, NE Nayarit and SW Durango), in W Mexico.

Descriptive notes

37 cm; 160–185 g. Distinctive, with prominent stiff, bristly, fan-shaped crest over crown starting at base of bill. Forehead and crest are black, crest feathers... read more


Very large repertoire well studied. Most typical vocalization a staccato double "chuk-chuk... read more


Hilly areas with mixed deciduous and evergreen forest, close to watercourses in lower valley... read more

Food and feeding

Plant material (70%), including acorns, plant fibres, seeds and fruits; animal items (30%), including insects, mainly beetles (Coleoptera)... read more


Laying Apr and early May. Social breeder, with up to at least ten helpers, including first-year individuals; only one breeding pair in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Sierra Madre Occidental and Trans-Mexican Range EBA. Uncommon to fairly... read more

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. (2020). Tufted Jay (Cyanocorax dickeyi). 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 23 January 2020).