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Alternative names: Bare-eyed Crow; Bare-faced Crow

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Taja, West Papua, Indonesia, September 2006
Corvus tristis


51 - 56cm. A medium-sized Crow.

  • Bare pink facial skin
  • Sparse nasal and rictal bristles
  • Plumage blackish to dark brown or grey
  • Grey, stout bill
  • Light blue iris
  • Pink to grey legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles paler than adults with whitish on head.


New Guinea, Yapen, the western Papuan Islands and D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago.
Locally fairly common.


This is a monotypic species[1].

It may be closest related to Brown-headed Crow, White-billed Crow and Bougainville Crow.


Rainforest, forest edge, gardens and secondary growth. Found from lowlands up to 1500m.


Often seen in noisy groups.


Feeds on fruit in forest canopy. Takes also insects and scavenges sometimes.


Breeding takes place in the dry season. One described nest was made of sticks and placed in an outher fork near the top of a large tree. No other information about breeding.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. 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

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