Green Jay

Cyanocorax yncas


The Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) is a passerine (order Passeriformes) species of bird (class Aves) in the Corvid family. The Inca Jay of South America is currently considered a sub-species, although there is ongoing debate whether they should be distinct species based on differences in appearance and range.


A large, colorful jay without a crest. It has a thick, straight bill and a long rounded tail. Green above and pale yellow-green below, blue and black head. The tail is yellow below and flashes yellow outer tail feathers in flight. Sexes are similar.


Found in Central America, from Honduras north into southern Texas in the United States. The Inca Jay sub-species range extends in the Andes mountains from Colombia and Venezuela through Bolivia.



Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) - United States

United States

Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) - United States

United States


Species in the Genus of Cyanocorax

Azure Jay

Cyanocorax caeruleus

Azure-naped Jay

Cyanocorax heilprini

Black-chested Jay

Cyanocorax affinis

Bushy-crested Jay

Cyanocorax melanocyaneus

Cayenne Jay

Cyanocorax cayanus

Curl-crested Jay

Cyanocorax cristatellus

Green Jay

Cyanocorax yncas

Plush-crested Jay

Cyanocorax chrysops

Purplish Jay

Cyanocorax cyanomelas

Purplish-backed Jay

Cyanocorax beecheii

San Blas Jay

Cyanocorax sanblasianus

Tufted Jay

Cyanocorax dickeyi

Violaceous Jay

Cyanocorax violaceus

White-naped Jay

Cyanocorax cyanopogon

White-tailed Jay

Cyanocorax mystacalis

Yucatan Jay

Cyanocorax yucatanicus

External Links

Green Jay – Wikipedia
Green Jay – Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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