Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Piping Crow (Corvus typicus)


French: Corneille des Célèbes German: Celebeskrähe Spanish: Cuervo de Célebes

Gazzola typica


, 1853,

“Nouvelle Calé”


Sometimes placed in separate genus, Nesocorax. Genetic data suggest that it may be sister to C. unicolor#R or closer to C. enca#R. Monotypic.


C & S Sulawesi and smaller islands of Muna, Butung, Wowoni and Kabaena.

Descriptive notes

35–40 cm; c. 175 g. Unmistakable small pied crow with short tail almost square at tip, medium-length bill with gently curved culmen, nasal bristles conspicuous but... read more


Very noisy. Variety of rising nasal screams and upslurred piping whistles, often in twos and threes... read more


Tall secondary and primary tropical forests, both in lowlands and in hills, ascending to 1600 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Various small invertebrates and their larvae; also small fruits, such as figs (Ficus). Sociable; typically forages in noisy... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Despite relatively small range, this peculiar crow is patchily distributed, but locally quite common. Reaches its N limit c. 20 km N of Palu (thus... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2019). Piping Crow (Corvus typicus). 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 27 May 2019).