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Cyanocorax cayanus 5
Cayenne Jay (Cyanocorax cayanus)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Corvidae
Genus Cyanocorax

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

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.


Black-chested Jay (Pelzeln, 1856) (Cyanocorax affinis)
Purplish-backed Jay (Vigors, 1829) (Cyanocorax beecheii)
Azure Jay (Vieillot, 1818) (Cyanocorax caeruleus)
Cayenne Jay (Linnaeus, 1766) (Cyanocorax cayanus)
Plush-crested Jay (Vieillot, 1818) (Cyanocorax chrysops)
Curl-crested Jay (Temminck, 1823) (Cyanocorax cristatellus)
Purplish Jay (Vieillot, 1818) (Cyanocorax cyanomelas)
White-naped Jay (Wied-Neuwied, 1821) (Cyanocorax cyanopogon)
Tufted Jay (Moore,RT, 1935) (Cyanocorax dickeyi)
Campina Jay (Cohn-Haft et al., 2013) (Cyanocorax hafferi)
Azure-naped Jay (Gentry, 1885) (Cyanocorax heilprini)
Bushy-crested Jay (Hartlaub, 1844) (Cyanocorax melanocyaneus)
White-tailed Jay (L. E. G de Sparre, 1835) (Cyanocorax mystacalis)
San Blas Jay (Lafresnaye, 1842) (Cyanocorax sanblasianus)
Violaceous Jay (Du Bus de Gisignies, 1847) (Cyanocorax violaceus)
Green Jay (Boddaert, 1783) (Cyanocorax yncas)
  Inca Jay (Cyanocorax (yncas) yncas)
  Green Jay (Cyanocorax (yncas) luxuosus)