Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

New Caledonian Crow (Corvus moneduloides)


French: Corbeau calédonien German: Geradschnabelkrähe Spanish: Cuervo de Nueva Caledonia

Corvus moneduloides


, 1831,

no locality = Balab, New Caledonia




New Caledonia.

Introduced on Maré, in Loyalty Is.

Descriptive notes

40–43 cm; male 280–355 g, female 225–330 g. Medium-sized, rather long-tailed crow with throat feathers fine and hair-like, short bill is somewhat conical... read more


Hoarse, high-pitched cawing notes, soft and drawn out or loud and staccato. There is a large-... read more


Forest, woodland, savanna and plantations.

Food and feeding

Omnivorous, feeding on adult and larval insects, also fruits, nuts, seeds, flowers, small birds, eggs, snails, carrion and other edible... read more


Season Sept–Jan. Nest a bowl of sticks lined with rootlets, diameter 19 cm, egg-cup 4·5 cm deep, placed c. 8 m above ground on... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Fairly common. Although it takes eggs and chicks of domestic poultry, this... read more

Recommended citation

Debus, S. (2019). New Caledonian Crow (Corvus moneduloides). 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 19 November 2019).