Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Violet Crow (Corvus violaceus)


Taxonomy

French: Corneille violacée German: Seramkrähe Spanish: Cuervo violáceo
Taxonomy:

Corvus violaceus

Bonaparte

, 1850,

Seram

.

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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Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1343848 on 16 October 2018).