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Alternative names: Celebes Crow; Celebes Pied Crow

Corvus typicus


35 - 40cm. An unmistakable crow:

  • Black head and upper nape, brownish-black throat
  • White lower nape, side of neck, upper mantle and underparts to belly
  • Greyish to brownish-black lower mantle and black rest of upperparts including upperwing and tail
  • Medium-length, black bill with gently curved culmen
  • Short tail
  • Reddish-brown iris
  • Black legs

Sexes similar, juveniles have white of collar and underparts sullied with greyish-brown.


Endemic to central and south Sulawesi and adjoining islands of Muna and Buton, Indonesia.
Patchily distributed but fairly common.


This is a monotypic species.
Forms a species pair with Banggai Crow.


Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. Up to 2150m in south and 1600m in central Sulawesi.


Feeds on small invertebrates ans small fruits.
A sociable bird, usually seen in noisy groups of 4 to 10 birds. Extremly active.
No information about breeding.
A resident species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  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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