Bushy-crested Jay Cyanocorax melanocyaneus, formerly also called Hartlaub's Jay, is endemic to the highlands of northern Central America including Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and western Nicaragua. In Guatemala it is common above 800 m in pine-oak forest, along cloud forest egde, and in plantations with shade trees. Occasionally and locally it also occurs at lower altitudes (Eisermann & Avendaño 2018).
Bushy-crested Jays are social. They breed cooperatively and roam in small flocks through the habitat. Ocassionally they can be seen together with other jays such as Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) or Black-throated Jay (Cyanolyca pumilo).
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