Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

Brown-headed Crow (Corvus fuscicapillus)


French: Corneille à tête brune German: Braunkopfkrähe Spanish: Cuervo cabecipardo

Corvus fuscicapillus

G. R. Gray

, 1859,

Dorey, New Guinea; error = Aru Islands, New Guinea


Sister to C. tristis, based on genetic data#R. Birds of West Papuan Is described as race megarhynchus, but based on inadequate comparative material#R. Treated as monotypic.


West Papuan Is (Gemien and Waigeo), coastal NW New Guinea (locally from lower Mamberamo R E to Nimbokrang area), and Aru Is.

Descriptive notes

45 cm. Medium-sized crow with massive, strongly arched bill, and short tail squared at end; nasal bristles parted at forehead; throat feathers bristly, and breast feathers... read more


Deep, harsh cawing notes, either staccato and disyllabic (or perhaps antiphonal) or drawn out;... read more


Lowlands and foothills, in rainforest and mangroves. Usually deep in primary forest, occasionally... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on fruits. Forages singly, in pairs and occasionally in small flocks in forest canopy. Gleans in foliage.


No information.


No information, but probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Aru Islands EBA, Northern Papuan lowlands EBA and West Papuan lowlands EBA... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S. (2020). Brown-headed Crow (Corvus fuscicapillus). 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 26 January 2020).