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Plush-crested Jay, Cyanocorax chrysops
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Corvida
Superfamily: Corvoidea
Family: Corvidae
Subfamily: Cyanocoracinae
Genus: Cyanocorax
F. Boie, 1826

17-18, 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. ^ John H. Boyd III (January 9, 2012). "CORVIDA II: Corvoidea". TiF Checklist. Retrieved 4-04-2020.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  • Madge, S.; H. Burn (1999). Crows and Jays. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-7136-5207-1.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)

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