Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)


Flores Crow (Corvus florensis)


French: Corneille de Florès German: Floreskrähe Spanish: Cuervo de Flores

Corvus florensis


, 1894,

Maumere, Flores, Lesser Sundas


Along with C. typicus sometimes separated in Nesocorax. Relationships uncertain, possibly a separate lineage#R#R; earlier thought perhaps to be an ancient derivative of the “C. enca complex”, but differs fundamentally in bill structure and plumage texture. Monotypic.


W Flores, in Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

40 cm; c. 175 g. Small crow with relatively short bill with gently curving culmen, nostrils very long but concealed by dense nasal tuft (which extends half-way along side of... read more


Usual call a high-pitched, but downwardly inflected rasping "cwaaa" or "waaaak", repeated up to... read more


Tall secondary and primary moist, semi-deciduous monsoon forest along watercourses; chiefly in... read more

Food and feeding

No specific information on diet; most likely to consist of small invertebrates and small fruits. Forages in ones and twos, parties of up to... read more


Season Sept–Jan. Nest constructed of sticks, built c. 12 m above ground; one documented nest was in isolated tree amid wooded... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Nusa Tenggara EBA. Rare. Formerly found throughout Flores, but now virtually restricted to rainforests at extreme W... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2020). Flores Crow (Corvus florensis). 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).