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Torresian Crow - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: New Guinea Crow (orru); Papuan Crow (orru); Tanimbar Crow (latirostris)

Photo by RMD
Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia, January 2004
Corvus orru

Includes: Australian Crow


A first Year bird
Photo by Ken Doy
SW Queensland, October 2017

48 - 53cm (19-20¾ in).

  • Plumage glossy black
  • Iris white, pale blue in West Papua and Tanimbar
  • Stout, black bill.
  • Short tail
  • Base of the head and neck feathers snow white (in hand)

Sexes similar, juveniles are duller than adults and have dark eyes

Similar species

Slightly smaller than Australian Raven and Little Raven. More heavy built, broader and squarer tail than Little Crow.


North and west Australia, New Guinea and the Moluccas.
Generally abundant and widespread.



This is a polytypic species[1] consisting of three subspecies:

Bismarck Crow was formerly included in this species.
Cecilae was formerly regarded as distinctive species, Australian Crow.


Rainforest edges, open forests and woodlands, taller scrublands, beaches, along watercourses with tall timber, farms and croplands.



Feeds mainly on grain, invertebrates, small birds, fish, carrion, eggs, nestlings, fruit and occasionally nectar. Forages mainly along the ground.


Breeding recorded in all months in Australia. Both sexes build a stick nest lined with grass in a tall tree and 2-4 eggs are laid. Both sexes feed the young.


Resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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. Simpson, K and N Day. 1998. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-4877-5
  4. birdforum thread containing among others a link to a paper stating that Bismark Crow should be a full species

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