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, above) 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

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). 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 24 November 2017).