French: Corbeau familier German: Glanzkrähe Spanish: Cuervo indio
Subspecies and Distribution
C. s. zugmayeri
Laubmann, 1913 – SE Iran and C & S Pakistan E to NW & NC India.
C. s. splendens
Vieillot, 1817 – most of peninsular India (excluding NW part and coastal Kerala) and Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and SW Myanmar.
C. s. protegatus
Madarász, 1904 – SW India (S from N Kerala and W Tamil Nadu), Sri Lanka and, perhaps introduced, Laccadive Is and Maldive Is.
C. s. insolens
A. O. Hume, 1874 – extreme S China (S Xizang and S Yunnan) and Myanmar (including Tenasserim), formerly also SW Thailand.
40–43 cm; 245–371 g. A relatively small (size not apparent in the field), rather slim-bodied, somewhat "leggy" crow with comparatively long, prominent,... read more
Very vocal. Usual call a flat and toneless, dry "kaaan-kaaan", softer than that of Indian... read more
Always found in association with man, in variety of tropical and subtropical habitats. Abundant... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous scavenger, feeding on all manner of crops, invertebrates, vertebrates. Main diet composed of discards and scraps foraged from... read more
Season varies according to location, in India as a whole favoured months Apr–Jun, at start of wet season, but younger birds (15... read more
Resident. Short-distance movements not uncommon.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant throughout native range; perhaps even more abundant at certain sites where long introduced, either intentionally or by ship-... read more
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