Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

Long-billed Crow (Corvus validus)


French: Corneille des Moluques German: Molukkenkrähe Spanish: Cuervo moluqueño

Corvus validus


, 1850,



Affinities uncertain; has been considered part of the “C. enca complex”, but pale eyes suggest affinity with Australian group of crows. Monotypic.


Morotai, Halmahera, Kayoa, Kasiruta, Bacan and Obi, in N Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

46–53 cm; c. 300 g. Large crow with top-heavy appearance created by very long bill and relatively short tail; bill gradually tapering from relatively deep base, culmen... read more


Call an abrupt, dry, croak, "cruk...cruk...cruk", has been likened to bark of a puppy.


Favours primary forest, in both lowlands and hills, and found more locally also in secondary or... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; from amount of time spent in tree canopy, likely to include various fruits and berries. Keeps within tree canopy... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

NEAR THREATENED. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Maluku EBA. Poorly documented; seems to be reasonably numerous. Perhaps lives at low density over the most... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Long-billed Crow (Corvus validus). 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).