French: Corbeau à queue courte German: Borstenrabe Spanish: Cuervo colicorto
E. J. O. Hartert
Subspecies and Distribution
C. r. stanleyi
Roselaar, 1993 – E Israel, Palestine, W Jordan, S Sinai, and mountains of W & C Arabia (Hejaz and Asir Mts; Tuwaiq escarpment, Gebel Aja and Babel Sama) E into extreme W Oman.
C. r. rhipidurus
E. J. O. Hartert, 1918 – E Mali (Adrar des Ipras and Homberi), Niger (Aïr Massif and Zinder), Chad (Tibesti and Kapka Mts and elsewhere), NE Central African Republic E to highlands of Sudan (including Gebel Elba, on Egyptian border), most of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and W & N Somalia, and S to E Uganda and N & W Kenya.
46–47 cm; 512–734 g. An unmistakable crow-sized raven, wings projecting well beyond remarkably short tail (rounded at tip) when perched or on ground, relatively... read more
Typical call a far-carrying, rather high-pitched "craa-craa" or a downslurred "krroo... read more
Barren desert cliffs, gorges and canyons, from well below sea-level (Dead Sea) to 2400 m, rarely to... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous. Eats grain, berries, dates, insects and other invertebrates; occasionally robs nests of other birds, taking both eggs and... read more
Most data from Middle East, especially Israel. Eggs reported early Mar to late Apr in Israel, Dec–Jun (most mid-Feb to May) in Saudi... read more
Mainly sedentary. In winter at N limit of range in Israel and Jordan, dispersal S down Arava Valley... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common, even locally abundant (e.g. in Arabian Peninsula). Population in Israel estimated at 300 pairs, centred on cliffs and wadis flanking... read more
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