Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Sinaloa Crow (Corvus sinaloae)


French: Corneille du Sinaloa German: Sinaloakrähe Spanish: Cuervo sinaloense

Corvus sinaloae

L. I. Davis

, 1958,

Escuinapa, Sinaloa, Mexico


May be conspecific with C. imparatus; genetic analysis#R suggests the two may be sister-taxa (2% divergent) within a clade that includes C. ossifragus. Monotypic.


NW Mexico on Pacific slope from S Sonora S to SW Nayarit.

Descriptive notes

34–38 cm; two birds 229 g and 258 g. A small, slender, glossy crow with relatively small bill. Entire plumage is black with rich purple, blue and green gloss; iris dark... read more


Little known. A clear, gentle, harmonically structured "ceow", most similar to that of... read more


Coastal lowlands, open and semi-open woodlands, thorn-forest, shrublands with saguaro-like ... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous. Feeds in intertidal zone on marine invertebrates, including crabs (Decapoda) and shellfish. Elsewhere feeds on ground and in... read more


Poorly known. In Sonora, nest-building from late May to early Jun, nestlings usually present in early Jul (after start of mid-Jun summer... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North-west Mexican Gulf Slope EBA. Locally abundant; has small range of c. 80 x 800 km, diverging from coast in... read more

Recommended citation

Marzluff, J. (2020). Sinaloa Crow (Corvus sinaloae). 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 24 February 2020).