Plush-crested Jay, Cyanocorax chrysops
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanocorax
Boie, 1826

17-18, see text.

Cyanocorax is a genus of New World jays, passerine birds in the crow family, Corvidae. The generic name is derived from the Greek words κυανος (kuanos), meaning "dark blue," and κοραξ (korax), meaning "raven".[1]

It contains several closely related species that primarily are found in wooded habitats of Mexico and Central and South America, with two species, the Brown Jay and the Green Jay, just barely entering the United States. Coincidentally, these are also the only species in this genus where the upperparts are not primarily blue or purplish.



  • Madge, S.; H. Burn (1999). Crows and Jays. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0713652071. 

External links

Data related to Cyanocorax at Wikispecies Media related to Cyanocorax at Wikimedia Commons