Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Cuban Crow (Corvus nasicus)


French: Corneille de Cuba German: Kubakrähe Spanish: Cuervo cubano

Corvus nasicus


, 1826,



Forms a clade with C. jamaicensis and C. leucognaphalus#R. Monotypic.


Cuba, I of Pines, Cayo Coco, Cayo Romano, Cayo Guajaba and Cayo Sabinal, and Turks and Caicos Is (mainly Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos).

Descriptive notes

40–42 cm; 330–510 g. A moderate-sized crow with upturned nasal bristles that do not cover nostrils; relatively long bill. Plumage is deep black with slight blue-... read more


Vocalizations quite musical, and less nasal and abrupt than those of C. palmarum. Ringing... read more


Forests and woodlands, including villages and towns with substantial tree cover. Uses edges and... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous. Feeds in trees and on ground on invertebrates, fruits and berries. Formal dietary studies lacking. Often observed in small,... read more


Season Mar–Jul. Nest a coarse stick platform lined with dry grasses, feathers and other soft materials, placed in palm, among tree... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to locally abundant. Often persecuted by man, and may have been reduced in numbers as extensive forests have been cleared. Use... read more

Recommended citation

Marzluff, J. (2020). Cuban Crow (Corvus nasicus). 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 February 2020).