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Cyanocorax chrysops MG 9622.jpg
Plush-crested jay, Cyanocorax chrysops
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Cyanocorax
F. Boie, 1826

17, 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 the green jay just barely entering the United States. Coincidentally, it is also the only species in this genus where the upperparts are not primarily blue or purplish.



  1. ^ Holloway, Joel Ellis (2003). Dictionary of Birds of the United States: Scientific and Common Names. Timber Press. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-88192-600-2. 
  2. ^ Cohn-Haft, Mario; Marcelo A. Santos Junior; Alexandre M. Fernandes; Camila C. Ribas (July 2013). Josep del Hoyo; Andrew Elliott; Jordi Sargatal; David A. Christie, eds. A new species of Cyanocorax jay from savannas of the central Amazon. Handbook of the Birds of the World. New Species. Lynx edicions. ISBN 978-84-96553-88-0. 
  • Madge, S.; H. Burn (1999). Crows and Jays. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-7136-5207-1. 

External links[edit]

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