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Cuban Crow - BirdForum Opus

Corvus nasicus
Photo by Dave 2x

Identification

40-42 cm.

  • Black plumage, iridescent blue purple
  • Dark grey bare skin behind iris and at base of lower mandible
  • Brown red iris
  • Long, black curved bill
  • Gape reaching to midpoint below the eye
  • Nostril opening not covered by nasal bristles
  • Black legs and feet

Sexes similar, juveniles slightly duller than adults.

Similar species

Palm Crow, which see for comparison.

Distribution

Cuba, the Isle of Pines, and the southern Bahamas.

Common or even locally abundant.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

May form a superspecies with Jamaican Crow and White-necked Crow.

Habitat

Forests, woodland, marshes, farms and villages.

Behaviour

Often seen in small, noisy groups, sometimes together with Palm Crow.

Diet

The diet includes fruit, insects and grain.

Breeding

Breeding season from March to July. The nest is made of sticks and placed in a palm tree, among tree branches or on large bromeliad in a tree. Lays 3 - 4 eggs. No other information.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
  3. Birdforum thread discussing id of this species

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