Crows (Corvidae)

Black-collared Jay (Cyanolyca armillata) - HBW 14, p. 574

French: Geai à collier German: Halsbandhäher Spanish: Chara Collareja
Other common names: Collared Jay

Taxonomy: Cyanocorax armillatus G. R. Gray, 1846, no locality = Bogotá, Colombia.
Forms a monophyletic group with C. viridicyanus and C. turcosa; all three formerly considered conspecific, but differ in morphology and probably voice. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • meridana ( P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1876) - NW Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida and NW Táchira).
  • armillata ( G. R. Gray, 1846) - E Andes of SW Venezuela and Colombia (Táchira S along R Chiquito).
  • quindiuna ( P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1876) - C Colombia (from Quindío Mts, in C Andes, S to E slope of Andes of Pasto) S to extreme N Ecuador (Carchi, N Napo).