Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)


Collared Crow (Corvus pectoralis)


French: Corbeau à collier German: Halsbandkrähe Spanish: Cuervo acollarado

Corvus pectoralis


, 1836,



Recent genetic studies#R#R suggest that this species may be sister to C. corone, the pair being closest to C. brachyrhynchos and C. caurinus. Has alternatively been known as C. torquatus; in principle, that name is preoccupied but recent debate centres on the questionable availability of the supposed senior homonym. Monotypic.


Lowland C, E & SE China from S Gansu and Shaanxi E to Liaoning, Hebei and Shandong, S to Sichuan, Yunnan, Hainan, Guangdong, and Fujian (including small island of Kinmen, off Fujian), and Vietnam (lowland E Tonkin S to C Annam).

Descriptive notes

50–55 cm; 347–512 g. A distinctive pied crow with pointed throat feathers; structurally similar to C. corone, but slightly larger size, relatively longer... read more


Typical call a rolling, hoarse “kaaarr”, also repeated less forcefully as “kaar-... read more


Inhabits very low-lying agricultural land, occasionally on higher ground. Riverine plains with... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous, but far less of a scavenger than either C. corone or C. macrorhynchos. Diet in need of study; consists... read more


Season commences in early Feb in S China, young fledging at end Mar. Presumed to have monogamous long-term pair-bond. Solitary nester.... read more


Resident in S portions of range; many in N (and probably W) withdraw S to milder coastal areas of S... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. Surprisingly poorly studied for so widespread a species. Uncommon; decreasing. Was thought to be relatively numerous over... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2020). Collared Crow (Corvus pectoralis). 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 24 February 2020).