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Black-chested jay

Black-chested jay
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanocorax
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 does not exhibit sexual dimorphism.[4]

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.

Its population is stable.[5]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2020). "Cyanocorax affinis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020: e.T22705723A137750635. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-3.RLTS.T22705723A137750635.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  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.
  4. ^ García-Monroy, Juan S.; Morales-González, Óscar E.; Carvajal‑Cogollo, Juan E. (2020-11-10). "New bird records for the Serranía de Las Quinchas, Colombia: inventory update and comments on distributions in an altitudinal gradient". Check List. 16 (6): 1475–1518. doi:10.15560/16.6.1475. ISSN 1809-127X.
  5. ^ Vargas-Daza, Angela M.; Betancurt-Grisales, Juan F.; Castaño-Villa, Gabriel J.; Fontúrbel, Francisco E. (November 2023). "The importance of old secondary forests for understory birds in the tropical Andes". Global Ecology and Conservation. 47: e02658. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2023.e02658. ISSN 2351-9894.

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