Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

White-naped Jay (Cyanocorax cyanopogon)


French: Geai à nuque blanche German: Weißnacken-Blaurabe Spanish: Chara nuquiblanca

Corvus cyanopogon


, 1821,

Rio Cachoeira (a headwater of the Rio Ilhés), eastern Bahia, Brazil


Formerly regarded as conspecific with C. chrysops. Race insperatus of latter perhaps better placed with present species#R. Proposed race C. chrysops interpositus (Alagoas, in NE Brazil) seems to be based on a female of present species in worn subadult plumage, but might be valid. Monotypic.


NE & E Brazil from Maranhão E to Ceará and Paraíba, S to SE Pará (upper R Xingu, Gorotire), E Mato Grosso, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Bahia and, rare, N São Paulo.

Descriptive notes

35 cm; 110–160 g. Feathers of forehead stiff, becoming softer and velvety in texture over crown and forming a soft, velvet-like, but not bulging cap. Forecrown and... read more


Large repertoire seems very similar to that of C. chrysops, but not studied in detail.... read more


Inhabits mostly dry scrub areas (caatinga) and dry forest (cerrado), at 400... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly documented. In a disturbed environment of Mato Grosso state, diet consists of animal items (59%, mainly ants and spiders), fruits,... read more


No documented details. One unconfirmed report from local people suggests that nest is poorly built, placed 3 m above ground, and that... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common over parts of its range. Evidence of some decline in Bahia state, perhaps a result of trapping for cagebird trade. Recent... read more

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. (2020). White-naped Jay (Cyanocorax cyanopogon). 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).