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Black-chested jay

Black-chested jay
Conservation status
Scientific classification
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 Corvidae family.

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, Costa Rica, Panama, and Venezuela.

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


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  2. ^ Angehr, George R.; Dean, Robert (2010). The Birds of Panama. Ithaca: Zona Tropical/Comstock/Cornell University Press. p. 280.  
  3. ^ Schulenberg, T.S., ed. (2010). )"Cyanocorax affinis"Overview – Black-chested Jay (. Neotropical Birds Online. Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 

External links

  • Cyanocorax affinisBirdLife species factsheet for
  • Cyanocorax affinis on Avibase
  • Black-chested jay videos, photos, and sounds at the Internet Bird Collection
  • Black-chested jay photo gallery at VIREO (Drexel University)
  • Cyanocorax affinisInteractive range map of at IUCN Red List maps
  • Audio recordings of Black-chested jay on Xeno-canto.

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