Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)


White-necked Crow (Corvus leucognaphalus)


French: Corneille d’Hispaniola German: Antillenkrähe Spanish: Cuervo de La Española

Corvus leucognaphalus


, 1800,

Puerto Rico


See C. nasicus (above). Monotypic.


Hispaniola; formerly also Puerto Rico.

Descriptive notes

42–46 cm. The largest Caribbean crow; long (35–49 mm) and tapered bill, nasal bristles upturned and sweeping over culmen ridge, intense plush-like black feathers... read more


Raven-like, including guttural "culik-calow-calow", deep "wallough", and variety of high-pitched... read more


Most closely associated with old, mature forests in mountainous and hilly, inaccessible country;... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous. Formal dietary studies lacking. Feeds in large flocks on seasonally abundant fruits, primarily in forest canopy. Known to eat... read more


Poorly known. Season Feb–Jun; eggs and well-grown young observed in Mar in Puerto Rico (now extinct) and nests in early May in Haiti... read more


No formal study. Casual visitor to islands of Gonâve and Saona.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA and (formerly) Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands EBA. Rarest crow in Caribbean. Now exists only on Hispaniola... read more

Recommended citation

Marzluff, J. (2018). White-necked Crow (Corvus leucognaphalus). 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 18 March 2018).