Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Palm Crow (Corvus palmarum)


French: Corneille palmiste German: Palmenkrähe Spanish: Cuervo palmero

Corvus palmarum

Paul von Württemberg

, 1835,

vicinity of Cibao Mountains, Dominican Republic


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 (both minutus). Small, rather tame crow with short, stout, sharp-pointed bill and well-developed nasal bristles... read more


    Known vocalizations are similar to “caw” of C. brachy­rhynchos and to... read more


    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


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


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cuba EBA and Hispaniola EBA. No population data. Not... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marzluff, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). 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 on 23 January 2020).