Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Bougainville Crow (Corvus meeki)


French: Corneille de Meek German: Bougainvillekrähe Spanish: Cuervo de Bougainville

Corvus meeki


, 1904,

Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands


Sometimes treated as conspecific with C. woodfordi, but differs in bill and eye colours, nature of nasal bristles, and plumage gloss. Has been considered conspecific with C. insularis, but differs notably in iris colour of adult, vocalizations, preferred habitat, lack of flocking behaviour, and flight action (shallow wingbeats vs deep wingbeats interspersed with glides). Monotypic.


Buka I, Bougainville I and Shortland Is, in extreme N Solomons.

Descriptive notes

40–41 cm. Medium-sized, glossy crow with massive bill with strongly arched culmen, and short narrow tail; nasal bristles forming tuft at base of culmen (not parted at... read more


Series of raucous or staccato cawing notes, similar to calls of C. woodfordi; higher-... read more


Principally rainforest; also occurs at forest edge, and in open country, village gardens, and... read more

Food and feeding

Eats insects, berries and fruits, including papaya (Carica papaya) in gardens. Forages in small groups, sometimes noisily, in... read more


Female specimen from N Solomon Is in breeding condition in Sept, suggesting laying in austral spring. One nest in Mar contained four partly... read more


Resident, with no records outside normal distribution. Flocks are apparently mobile locally.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Fairly common to common within very small global range, where often seen in small flocks. Has... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S. (2020). Bougainville Crow (Corvus meeki). 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 on 23 February 2020).