• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Bismarck Crow - BirdForum Opus

Revision as of 15:25, 31 January 2022 by Sbarnhardt (talk | contribs) (Add Gsearch checked template)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)

Alternative name: Island Crow

Corvus insularis


40 - 41cm (15¾-16 in)

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

Sexes similar, juveniles are duller than adults.


Endemic to the Bismarck Archipelago (Papua New Guinea).


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Torresian Crow or sometimes regarded as subspecies of Bougainville Crow.


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


Feeds mainly on grain, invertebrates, small birds, fish, carrion, eggs, nestlings, fruit and occasionally nectar. Forages mainly along the ground.
No information about breeding.
Resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. 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

Recommended Citation

External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.