Order Passeriformes

Family Corvidae

Crows and Jays
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  • Medium-sized to large passerines with strong bill, sturdy legs, many species with black, grey or black-and-white plumage, often with metallic gloss, or blue, green, yellow, violet or brown.
  • Almost cosmopolitan.
  • Almost all terrestrial habitats; many species in towns and villages.
  • 20-69 cm.
  • 21 genera, 130 species, 348 taxa.
  • 18 species threatened;
    1 extinct in the wild since 1600.

Recommended citation

dos Anjos, L. & Bonan, A. (2019). Crows and Jays (Corvidae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52369 on 17 November 2019).