Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Little Crow (Corvus bennetti)


French: Corbeau du désert German: Bennettkrähe Spanish: Cuervo de Bennett

Corvus bennetti


, 1901,

Moolah, western New South Wales, Australia


Proposed race bonhoti (Murchison, in Western Australia) appears inadequately differentiated; putative race queen­s­landicus (Dawson R, in E Queensland), ascribed to present species, was based on misidentified C. orru. Monotypic.


Inland and W Australia.

Descriptive notes

45–48 cm; male 345–500 g, female 290–490 g, unsexed 282–525 g. Rather small and slender, short-legged crow with small bill, short throat hackles;... read more


Series of rather deep (baritone), flat, hoarse, nasal and rapid caws (although notes slurred,... read more


Most terrestrial habitat types in arid and semi-arid zones, but avoids dense tropical grassland.... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous predator and scavenger, strongly insectivorous. Feeds mainly on invertebrates, lizards, small birds, eggs, nestlings and carrion... read more


In S Australia laying mainly in late winter to spring, mostly mid-Jul to late Oct (peak late Aug and early Sept), occasionally to late... read more


Apparently nomadic. Adult breeding pairs resident only for duration of breeding cycle; after... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Abundant and widespread. Has increased in range and numbers with spread of agriculture and artificial water sources in rangelands; may have declined... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S. (2019). Little Crow (Corvus bennetti). 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 11 December 2019).