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Violet Crow - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Joseph Morlan
Sawai,Seram Island, Maluku, Indonesia
13 November 2013

Alternative name: Violaceous Crow; Seram Crow

Corvus violaceus


  • Entirely blackish overall.
  • Short-tail.
  • Subtle purplish sheen visible under certain lighting.

Juveniles lack purple gloss. Unmistakable, being the only crow on these islands.


Ambon and Seram in the Southern Moluccas


This is a monotypic species[1].
Violet Crow was recently split from Slender-billed Crow


Forest, edge, and plantations in the lowlands and foothills.


Singles, pairs, or small groups forage in the canopy.


Odd call for a crow, they give a nasal, trumpeting “errr.” Also gives more crow-like sounds, but higher-pitched than usual including a high-pitched, guttural “kreh-kreh…”.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. del Hoyo, J., N. Collar, and D. A. Christie (2020). Violet Crow (Corvus violaceus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.slbcro3.01

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