Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

White-necked Raven (Corvus albicollis)


French: Corbeau à nuque blanche German: Geierrabe Spanish: Cuervo cuelliblanco

Corvus albicollis


, 1790,

Great Namaqualand, South Africa


Sister to C. crassirostris (which see). Monotypic.


Uganda and W Kenya S over E DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, N & W Mozambique, most of Zimbabwe (except W), E & S South Africa (S to Cape Town), Swaziland and Lesotho; recorded in E Botswana#R.

Descriptive notes

50–56 cm; 762–1157 g. An unmistakable very large, chunky raven with relatively short tail and broad-based wings; nasal bristles fan-shaped, upcurving, almost... read more


Typical call a surprisingly high-pitched, short, rolled "kraa" or longer "krrraaa... read more


Inhabits hilly and mountainous country, occurring in less barren habitats than C. rhipidurus... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous, but mainly carnivorous. Takes wide range of invertebrates and vertebrates, from locusts (Acrididae), beetles (Coleoptera),... read more


Eggs reported Oct–Dec in Kenya, Aug–Oct in Uganda, Feb in DRCongo, Oct in Tanzania, Sept–Nov in Malawi, Sept in Zambia... read more


Chiefly sedentary, but large flocks of non-breeders become semi-nomadic and wander throughout non-... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common; numerous reports of non-breeding flocks suggest even locally abundant. No population estimates. Considered a pest in parts of South... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2020). White-necked Raven (Corvus albicollis). 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 17 February 2020).