|Violaceus Jay (Cyanocorax violaceus)|
|Palmarí, Amazonas, Brazil
The Violaceous Jay is distributed in western Amazonia and the western Orinoco where it is normally the only jay in its range. It is found in forest borders and along the margins of rivers and lakes.
|They are usually in flocks of up to a dozen birds and are noisy and conspicuous. They are opportunistic feeders preying on small vertebrates, insects, eggs as well as eating fruit.
The black head, throat and chest contrast with the dull violaceous lavender while the neck and hindcrown are bluish white.
|There is an illustration in Hilty's Birds of Venezuela, Plate 23.|