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vicinity of Pak Roji's, Halmahera, Indonesia, July 2023

Alternative name: Moluccan Crow

Corvus validus


46 - 53cm. A large crow.

  • plumage black with purple gloss on upperparts, steel-blue gloss on head and green gloss on throat
  • bill black, very long, gradually tapering from deep base with the culmen gently curving over distal third.
  • tail relatively short, almost square at tip
  • base of neck feathers pure white
  • iris bluish-white
  • legs black

Sexes similar. Juveniles have a dark iris and unglossed plumage.


Endemic to the Northern Moluccas in Indonesia. Found on the islands of Morotai, Halmahera, Kayoa, Kasiruta, Bacan and Obi.
Seems to be fairly numerous but poorly known.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Found in primary forest in lowlands and hills. Also in secondary or partially logged forest and also recorded in farmland (coconut plantations). From sea-level up to 380m on Halmahera and up to 1150m on Bacan.


Usually seen in tree canopy, only rarely on the ground. Occurs mostly singly or in pairs. Small groups seen were presumed to be family parties.


No information about diet. Feeds probably on fruits and berries.


No information about breeding.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://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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