Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Yucatan Jay (Cyanocorax yucatanicus)


French: Geai du Yucatan German: Yucatánblaurabe Spanish: Chara yucateca

Cyanocitta yucatanica

A. J. C. Dubois

, 1875,

Yucatán, Mexico


See C. melanocyaneus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. y. rivularis (Brodkorb, 1940) – Tabasco and SW Campeche, in SE Mexico.
  • C. y. yucatanicus (A. J. C. Dubois, 1875) – SE Mexico (Yucatán, Campeche except SW, and Quintana Roo) S to N Guatemala (Petén district) and N Belize.
  • Descriptive notes

    31–33 cm; 105–128 g. Head bulky, with short tufted feathers on forecrown. Nominate race has head, neck and upper mantle black, rest of upperparts, including wing... read more


    Large vocabulary. Most frequently heard is rapid chatter call, a sequence of harsh notes, lower in... read more


    Edges and clearings of deciduous forest and dense scrubby woodland, from sea-level to 250 m. In... read more

    Food and feeding

    Stomachs contents in spring indicated about equal proportions of plant and animal items; seeds (especially corn) accounted for most of... read more


    Laying in May and Jun, at least; seemingly two sequential or partially overlapping nesting phases in breeding season. Communal breeder,... read more


    Sedentary; movements of up to 4 km seem rare.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common throughout range. Habitat disturbance has benefited this species.

    Recommended citation

    dos Anjos, L. (2020). Yucatan Jay (Cyanocorax yucatanicus). 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 22 February 2020).