Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

Long-billed Crow (Corvus validus)


Taxonomy

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

Corvus validus

Bonaparte

, 1850,

Halmahera

.

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Sedentary.

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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/60777 on 18 November 2017).