Black-chested jay

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Black-chested jay
Cyanocorax affinis.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanocorax
Species: C. affinis
Binomial name
Cyanocorax affinis
Pelzeln, 1856

The black-chested jay (Cyanocorax affinis) is a species of bird in the family Corvidae.

Measuring 34 cm (13 in) long, this jay is easily recognized from its distinctive facial pattern and yellow eye. The head, face, and chest are mostly black with violet-blue spots above and below the eye, as well as a violet-blue malar stripe. The underparts are white as is the tip of the tail, while the upperparts and wings are mainly dark violet-blue.[2][3]

It is found in Colombia, northwestern Venezuela, Panama and far eastern Costa Rica.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and heavily degraded former forest.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Cyanocorax affinis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Angehr, George R.; Dean, Robert (2010). The Birds of Panama. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 280. ISBN 978-0-8014-7674-7.
  3. ^ Schulenberg, T.S., ed. (2010). "Overview – Black-chested Jay (Cyanocorax affinis)". Neotropical Birds Online. Ithaca, NY, US: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Retrieved 28 September 2014.

External links

  • BirdLife species factsheet for Cyanocorax affinis
  • "Cyanocorax affinis". Avibase.
  • "Black-chested jay media". Internet Bird Collection.
  • Black-chested jay photo gallery at VIREO (Drexel University)
  • Interactive range map of Cyanocorax affinis at IUCN Red List maps
  • Audio recordings of Black-chested jay on Xeno-canto.

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