Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Jamaican Crow (Corvus jamaicensis)


French: Corneille de Jamaïque German: Jamaikakrähe Spanish: Cuervo jamaicano

Corvus jamaicensis

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,



See C. nasicus. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

35–38 cm; two birds 336 g and 339 g. Smallest and dullest Caribbean crow; body plumage loose and soft, nostrils of some individuals fully exposed. Has head, face and... read more


Remarkably variable, especially jabbering outbursts, which are frequent in social gatherings and... read more


Wet limestone forests, mountain pastures, wooded hills and open parkland, including landscapes with... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous. Consumes variety of fruits, e.g. bitterwood (Picrasmas excelsia), pimento (Pimenta pimenta), soursop (... read more


Poorly known. Presumed solitary nester in exclusive territory. Nest high in tree or possibly in natural cavity. No information on season,... read more


No information. Appears sedentary and territorial during breeding season, but may wander in small... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Jamaica EBA. Locally common and perhaps expanding range in Westmoreland and Manchester; common... read more

Recommended citation

Marzluff, J. (2019). Jamaican Crow (Corvus jamaicensis). 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 21 May 2019).