Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

White-collared Jay (Cyanolyca viridicyanus)


French: Geai indigo German: Weißbandhäher Spanish: Chara andina

Garrulus viridi-cyanus

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1838,

La Paz, Bolivia


See C. armillata. Form jolyaea distinctive, differing from others in plumage and also, markedly, genetically#R; may well merit species rank. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. v. jolyaea (Bonaparte, 1852) – Northern White-collared Jay – N & C Peru (from Amazonas S to Junín and NE Huancavelica#R).
  • C. v. cyanolaema Hellmayr, 1917 – SE Peru (N Ayacucho#R, Cuzco and Puno).
  • C. v. viridicyanus (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838) – Southern White-collared Jay – NW Bolivia (La Paz and Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    34 cm; 82–127 g. Nominate race has forehead, lores and side of head black, forecrown and side of crown white, white extending as very narrow stripe over and beyond eye... read more


    Large vocal repertoire, much of it atypical of jays, emitted in almost endless combination of... read more


    Montane forest, from humid luxuriant cloudforest to higher-lying more stunted elfin forest; chiefly... read more

    Food and feeding

    Poorly known. Flocks forage mostly along branches, investigating clumps of epiphytes and crevices at subcanopy and canopy levels.


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common locally, but rare or uncommon in most of its range.

    Recommended citation

    dos Anjos, L. (2020). White-collared Jay (Cyanolyca viridicyanus). 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).