Plush-crested Jay (Cyanocorax chrysops) - HBW 14, p. 584
French: Geai acahé
Spanish: Chara Moñuda
Other common names: Plush-capped/Band-tailed/Urraca Jay
Taxonomy: Pica chrysops Vieillot, 1818, Paraguay.
Forms a species pair, and previously regarded as conspecific, with C. cyanopogon; it has also been suggested that the two form a superspecies with C. dickeyi. Proposed race interpositus (described from Alagoas, in NE Brazil) seems to be based on a female of C. cyanopogon in worn subadult plumage, but possibly a valid taxon. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- diesingii Pelzeln, 1856 - N Brazil in extreme E Amazonas (right bank of lower R Madeira) and on S side of Amazon in W Pará (lower R Tapajós).
- insperatus Pinto & Camargo, 1961 - W Pará (restricted to E lower R Tapajós, Serra do Cachimbo), in NC Brazil.
- chrysops ( Vieillot, 1818) - N, E & SE Bolivia (Beni, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija), SE Brazil (Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo S to Rio Grande do Sul), Paraguay, NE Argentina (S to Chaco and Entre Ríos) and NW Uruguay.
- tucumanus Cabanis, 1883 - NW Argentina (Salta, Tucumán, Catamarca and La Rioja).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 12 videos
A bird on the ground and perched. Locality Estancia Itabó, Canindeyú Department, Paraguay (ssp chrysops)
Josep del Hoyo 9 May 2005 8 years ago 27 sec 4.7
A bird on a tree calling. Locality Estancia Itabó, Canindeyú Department, Paraguay (ssp chrysops)
Josep del Hoyo 9 May 2005 8 years ago 28 sec 4.7
A bird in a tree, looking around Locality Iguazú National Park, Misiones Province, Argentina (ssp chrysops)
Barry Attridge 24 December 2006 6 years ago 35 sec 4.7
Two birds on a branch, flying off and calling Locality Pousada Aguapé, Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil (ssp chrysops)
Josep del Hoyo 9 January 2005 6 years ago 17 sec 4.5
A bird looking for food around several trees. Locality Estancia Itabó, Canindeyú Department, Paraguay (ssp chrysops)
Josep del Hoyo 9 May 2005 8 years ago 36 sec 4.3
A tame, wild bird. Locality Puerto Iguazú, Misiones Province, Argentina (ssp chrysops)
German Pugnali 21 November 2012 1 year ago 13 sec 4
PhotosSee all 24 photos
Locality Chaco National Park, Chaco Province, Argentina (ssp chrysops)
Horacio Luna 28 October 2010 35 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Campos do Jordao, São Paulo State, Brazil
Lindolfo Souto 27 May 2011 47 weeks ago 4.5
Adult perched on a branch
Locality Refugio Los Volcanes, Amboró National Park, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia
Dubi Shapiro 7 November 2012 1 year ago 4.4
Eating oranges, near the Rio do Peixe.
Locality Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil
Dave Rintoul 25 May 2013 46 weeks ago 4.3
Locality Iguazú Falls, Iguazú National Park, Misiones Province, Argentina
Marco Valentini 12 August 2012 1 year ago 4.2
At this location the birds come near humans.
Locality Iguazú National Park, Misiones Province, Argentina
Joselito Nardy Ribeiro 5 January 2013 14 weeks ago 4
Calls of two birds. Locality Sorocaba Zoo, Sorocaba, São Paulo State, Brazil
Josep del Hoyo 12 May 2011 2 years ago 4
pre-roost contact calls Locality Serra da Canastra, Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Paul Willoughby 18 October 2009 4 years ago 3
A bird calling from a tree Locality Salta Province, Argentina
Santiago Imberti 13 August 2003 4 years ago 3
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Two birds singing in a forest. Locality Bonito, Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul State, Brazil
Antonio Silveira 1 May 2005 1 year ago 0