Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Turquoise Jay (Cyanolyca turcosa)


French: Geai turquoise German: Türkishäher Spanish: Chara turquesa

Cyanocitta turcosa


, 1853,

near Puerres, Nariño, Colombia


See C. armillata. Monotypic.


SW Colombia (Nariño) S in Andes (on both slopes in C Ecuador) to N Peru (N Piura and NW Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

30–34 cm. Forehead, lores and side of head are black, crown and nape pale turquoise-blue, becoming paler on forecrown, throat very pale, almost turquoise-blue,... read more


Most frequently heard are a loud "tsrrrp" and a liquid explosive "kworrr", both... read more


Montane humid cloudforest at 1500–3500 m; reaches forest edges into elfin woodland at tree-... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly documented. Said to forage in small flocks in subcanopy and canopy of forest interior, edges and second growth. Recorded in mixed... read more


Little information. Several nests in Ecuador were in tree branches 6–16 m above the ground; three were under construction in Dec, one... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threated (Least Concern). Fairly common in Ecuador, but seemingly not common in Colombia. Fairly common in Peru.

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. (2020). Turquoise Jay (Cyanolyca turcosa). 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 7 April 2020).