Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

White-tailed Jay (Cyanocorax mystacalis)


French: Geai à moustaches German: Weißschwanz-Blaurabe Spanish: Chara coliblanca

Pica mystacalis

de Sparre

, 1835,

Guayaquil, Ecuador




SW Ecuador (Guayas, El Oro and W Loja) and NW Peru (S to W La Libertad).

Descriptive notes

33 cm; one male 160 g, one female 149 g. Feathers of forehead short-tufted and stiffly erect. Forehead, crown, side of head, side of neck, throat and upper breast are black (... read more


Few vocalizations known. Typical is chatter call, which variable in pitch, and transcribed as "cha-... read more


Inhabits several types of semi-humid forest to dry woodland, particularly thick growth near streams... read more

Food and feeding

Beetles (Coleoptera), ants (Formicidae), other insects and seeds recorded in stomach contents of specimens. Pair reported as raiding nest... read more


Adult carrying nest material in Feb–Mar. Probably solitary breeder. Nest said to be built in large tree adjacent to village. No other... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Appears to have declined; was considered fairly common... read more

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. (2019). White-tailed Jay (Cyanocorax mystacalis). 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 15 December 2019).