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Crested jayshrike

Crested jayshrike
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Superfamily: Corvoidea
Family: Platylophidae
Gaudin et al., 2021
Genus: Platylophus
Swainson, 1832
P. galericulatus
Binomial name
Platylophus galericulatus
(Cuvier, 1816)

The crested jayshrike or crested shrikejay (Platylophus galericulatus), formerly known as the crested jay (despite not being a true jay), is a species of bird found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. It is the only member of the genus Platylophus and the family Platylophidae.

Although traditionally placed in the family Corvidae, its taxonomy has been under contention since the 2000s, as phylogenetic analyses indicate that it is not a true corvid, but rather a basal member of the Corvoidea radiation. Some authorities have suggested that it may belong to the helmetshrikes.[2] In 2019, eBird and the Clements Checklist renamed the species the crested shrikejay and placed it in its own family, the Platylophidae, which was undescribed at the time. In 2021, the family Platylophidae was officially described, and in 2022 the International Ornithological Congress reclassified the species into Platylophidae.[3][4] However, the family name Lophocittidae, originally described as Lophocitteae in 1855 by Johann Jakob Kaup, may have referred to the crested shrikejay, and if so would take precedence over Platylophidae.[3][5]

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo. It is threatened by habitat loss.


Its alarm call is distinctive, and has been compared to a machine gun.[4]

At Jurong BirdPark, Singapore


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2019). "Platylophus galericulatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T22705602A152681152. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22705602A152681152.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  2. ^ dos Anjos 2007, p. 566
  3. ^ a b Gaudin, Jimmy; Sangster, George; Bruce, Murray D. (2021-09-10). "A family name for the Crested Shrikejay Platylophus galericulatus". Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 141 (3). doi:10.25226/bboc.v141i3.2021.a12. ISSN 0007-1595. S2CID 237456819.
  4. ^ a b "IOC World Bird List 12.1". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/ S2CID 246050277. Retrieved 2022-01-29.
  5. ^ "Crested Jay". BirdForum. Retrieved 2022-01-29.

Cited texts

  • dos Anjos, Luiz (2007). "Family Corvidae (Crows)". In del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew; Christie, David (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 9: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Editions.
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