Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Near Threatened

Palm Crow (Corvus palmarum)


Taxonomy

French: Corneille palmiste German: Palmenkrähe Spanish: Cuervo palmero
Taxonomy:

Corvus palmarum

Paul von Württemberg

, 1835,

vicinity of Cibao Mountains, Dominican Republic

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Sister to the C. ossifragus clade (see above), based on genetic analysis#R. Races have been treated as two distinct species#R#R, but differences minimal; indeed, even as races they are weakly differentiated; vocal differences minor, call of minutus lacking vibrating quality of nominate’s#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. minutus Gundlach, 1852 – Cuban Palm Crow – C Cuba (Camagüey Province); formerly also W Cuba.
  • C. p. palmarum Paul von Württemberg, 1835 – Hispaniolan Palm Crow – Hispaniola.
  • Descriptive notes

    34–38 cm; one male 315 g, one female 263 g. Small, rather tame crow with short, stout, sharp-pointed bill and well-developed nasal bristles covering nostrils. Nominate... read more

    Voice

    Calls poorly known, but those known are similar to "caw" of C. brachy­rhynchos and to... read more

    Habitat

    Pine (Pinus) forests, arid brush, and hill country in Hispaniola, often at higher... read more

    Food and feeding

    Omnivorous. Feeds on invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, cicadas (Cicadidae), snails (Gastropoda), small... read more

    Breeding

    Poorly known. Season Mar–Jul in Cuba; eggs laid in Apr. Presumed solitary nester on exclusive territory. Small groups (3–6)... read more

    Movements

    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cuba EBA and Hispaniola EBA. No population data. Not uncommon in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marzluff, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Palm Crow (Corvus palmarum). 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/60790 on 18 November 2017).