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Purplish Jay

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Photo © by Stanley JonesVilla Carmen Lodge, Pillcopata, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Villa Carmen Lodge, Pillcopata, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Cyanocorax cyanomelas


[edit] Identification

37cm (14½ in).

  • Short black frontal crest
  • Brownish-black head, throat and breast
  • Rest of plumage dull bluish-purple with brownish wash
  • Blackish undertail
  • Dark brown iris
  • Black bills and legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles are paler and duller than adults.

[edit] Distribution

Found from extreme southeast Peru to Bolivia, Paraguay, southwest Brazil, north Argentina and northwest Uruguay.
Generally fairly common.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
May form a superspecies with Azure Jay and probably also Violaceous Jay and Curl-crested Jay.

[edit] Habitat

Subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and heavily degraded former forest. Occurs mainly in the lowlands but recorded up to 2000m.

[edit] Behaviour

They are noisy and conspicuous usually moving in groups of about 6 birds.

[edit] Diet

Feeds on invertebrates, fruits and berries. May also take eggs and nestlings.

[edit] Breeding

Breeding recorded from October to December. One described nest was made of twigs and creeper stems and placed 3m above the ground in a low tree. Lays 2 - 6 eggs.

[edit] Movements

A resident species.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. 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

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