Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Violet Crow (Corvus violaceus)


French: Corneille violacée German: Seramkrähe Spanish: Cuervo violáceo

Corvus violaceus


, 1850,



Until recently considered conspecific with C. enca, but molecular evidence#R suggests that it is unrelated; differs from taxa in that species (which see) in its barely visible but (on specimens) well-defined black hood contrasting with deep blue-black body (2); slightly shorter bill than other taxa (1) except C. e. sierramadrensis, which has a much smaller wing and tail (at least 2); and two highly distinct vocalizations, a short high “rah” (at least 2) and a nasal mewing “nyeh” (at least 2)#R. Monotypic.

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Seram and Ambon, possibly also Buru, in S Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

40–43 cm. Rather slender crow, medium-sized and has mid-length slightly graduated tail, forecrown slightly peaked, culmen decurved, inconspicuous throat hackles; in flight... read more


Calls include a simple slightly metallic nasal bark, singly or repeated once or twice, and a... read more


Forest and forest edge, also plantations; will move to semi-open areas, such as farmland, to forage... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Presumably omnivorous, feeding on fruits as well as on various invertebrates; general diet probably very similar to that of... read more


Very little information. Eggs found in Jun on Seram, described as white with sparse yellowish-brown speckling. Other details probably much... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon or fairly uncommon throughout range. No estimates of this species’ global population have been made, but it is believed not... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Violet Crow (Corvus violaceus). 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 9 December 2019).