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About the Plush-crested Jay

Also known as: Band-tailed Jay, Urraca Jay, Plush-capped Jay

The Plush-crested Jay is a species of corvid found in parts of South America. This striking species gets its name from the stiff feathers on its head which give it a luxurious pompadour look.

Plush-crested Jays feed by foraging, taking small invertebrate prey as well as vegetable matter like fruits and seeds. They will also plunder nests for eggs or nestlings. They are opportunistic feeders, also known to forage food scraps around human habitation and take varied prey items like small frogs and insects.

The Plush-crested Jay is also known as the Urraca Jay. Urraca is the Spanish word for magpie and may be derived from the Latin word for "thievish." The population trend for the Plush-crested Jay is stable and the species conservation status is Least concern as of March 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 March 2014
Scientific Name Cyanocorax chrysops
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Cyanocorax
  • C. chrysops
Birdorable Family Corvids, Shrikes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
12.6 to 13.8 inches
4.5 to 6 ounces

International Names

  • Gralha-picaça (Brazilian)
  • 绒冠蓝鸦 (Chinese)
  • sojka chocholkatá (Czech)
  • Plystoppet Blåskade (Danish)
  • Pluchekapgaai (Dutch)
  • peruukkinärhi (Finnish)
  • Geai acahé (French)
  • Kappenblaurabe (German)
  • Ghiandaia occhidorati (Italian)
  • サンジャク [rurisanjaku] (Japanese)
  • Plysjskrike (Norwegian)
  • modrowronka pluszoglowa (Polish)
  • Плюшевоголовая разноцветная сойка (Russian)
  • Chara Moñuda (Spanish)
  • Plyschtofsskrika (Swedish)