Alternative name: Hooded Jay
- Cyanolyca cucullata
26 - 31cm.
- Dark cyan-blue plumage
- Black forehead and sides of head, black throat, more extensive in some subspecies
- Pale blue crown, bordered narrow white in mitrata, more extensive in hondurensis
- Dark red eyes
- Black bill and legs
Sexes similar. Juveniles are duller than adults and have light sepia underparts.
Central America: found in the highlands from central Mexico south to Guatemala and Honduras with an isolated population (subspecies cucullata) in Costa Rica and Panama.
There are 4 subspecies:
- Eastern Mexico (San Luis PotosÃ to north-central Oaxaca)
A sister-species of Beautiful Jay.
Cloud forests at approximately 1000-2000 meters in elevation; remarkably, the favorite elevation for this bird seems similar in Mexico and Panama.
Moves around in small flocks, and may join mixed species flocks. Often found high and the pale crown therefore difficult to see.
A sedentary species.
Their diet includes invertebrates, berries and small fruits.
Breeding season April to June in Costa Rica. A solitary nester. The nest is a platform made of twigs. It's placed 5 - 7m above the ground in a small tree at the forest edge. Lays 2 eggs.
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- Howell & Webb, 1995. A guide to the birds of Mexico and northern Central America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198540124
- Ridgely & Gwynne 1989. Birds of Panama. Princeton Paperbacks. ISBN 0691025126
- Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
- BF Member observations
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