Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)


White-throated Jay (Cyanolyca mirabilis)


French: Geai masqué German: Weißkehlhäher Spanish: Chara de Omiltemi

Cyanolyca mirabilis


, 1903,

Omiltemi, Guerrero, Mexico


Forms a monophyletic group with C. nanus, C. pumilo and C. argentigula. Monotypic.


Guerrero (Sierra Madre del Sur) and Oaxaca (Sierra de Miahuatlán and Sierra de Yucuyacua), in SW Mexico.

Descriptive notes

23–25 cm; 49·9–54 g. Forehead and lores with inconspicuous tuft of very short stiff feathers. Head and neck black, with white stripe running across... read more


Vocalizations uttered typically in twos and quickly repeated; resemble calls of C. nanus,... read more


Dense humid forest and mixed oak (Quercus) and pine (Pinus) woodland from 1525 m... read more

Food and feeding

Very little information. Recorded feeding on insects. Rarely observed in the field; two observations were of pairs, a third was of a group... read more


Breeding recorded Apr–Aug. No further information.


Resident. Suggestion of some local and seasonal movement.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Sierra Madre del Sur EBA. Locally fairly common. Has very small range and rapidly declining population as a result of forest... read more

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. & Bonan, A. (2020). White-throated Jay (Cyanolyca mirabilis). 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).