Family Crows (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)


Taxonomy

French: Corbeau du désert German: Bennettkrähe Spanish: Cuervo de Bennett
Taxonomy:

Corvus bennetti

North

, 1901,

Moolah, western New South Wales, Australia

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Proposed race bonhoti (Murchison, in Western Australia) appears inadequately differentiated; putative race queen­s­landicus (Dawson R, in E Queensland), ascribed to present species, was based on misidentified C. orru. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Inland and W Australia.

Descriptive notes

45–48 cm; male 345–500 g, female 290–490 g, unsexed 282–525 g. Rather small and slender, short-legged crow with small bill, short throat hackles;... read more

Voice

Series of rather deep (baritone), flat, hoarse, nasal and rapid caws (although notes slurred,... read more

Habitat

Most terrestrial habitat types in arid and semi-arid zones, but avoids dense tropical grassland.... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous predator and scavenger, strongly insectivorous. Feeds mainly on invertebrates, lizards, small birds, eggs, nestlings and carrion... read more

Breeding

In S Australia laying mainly in late winter to spring, mostly mid-Jul to late Oct (peak late Aug and early Sept), occasionally to late... read more

Movements

Apparently nomadic. Adult breeding pairs resident only for duration of breeding cycle; after... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Abundant and widespread. Has increased in range and numbers with spread of agriculture and artificial water sources in rangelands; may have declined... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S. (2017). Little Crow (Corvus bennetti). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/60798 on 20 September 2017).