Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

White-faced Jay (Garrulus leucotis)


French: Geai leucotique German: Weißgesicht-Eichelhäher Spanish: Arrendajo cariblanco

Garrulus leucotis

A. O. Hume

, 1874,

no locality = Kyauknyat, Tenasserim


Hitherto treated as conspecific with G. glandarius and G. bispecularis. Differs from G. g. atricapillus and G. g. cervicalis in its blue-and-black barred area of middle of secondaries vs white (3); buffy-rufous vs grey-tinged whitish underparts (2); more extensive black on crown (narrower white supercilium) and nape (forming an upper black collar) (1); markedly shorter tail (allow 3); and apparently unique disyllabic or double-note whistled call (2). Differs from G. bispecularis in its black-streaked white vs plain buffy-rufous forehead (2); black vs plain buffy-rufous crown and nape (3); white vs whitish buffy-pink face and throat with clear division from upper breast (2); greyer upperparts (ns[1]); larger bill (allow 1); and apparently unique double whistle (2)#R; however, G. b. oatesi, apparently known from three specimens and a small area of NW Myanmar, appears to represent a hybrid population, sharing characters of both species. Monotypic.

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C & E Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan), Thailand and C & S Indochina.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). White-faced Jay (Garrulus leucotis). 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 17 November 2017).