CORVIDAE of Africa

The Corvidae family contains the crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers. They are considered the most intelligent of the birds. They are medium to large in size, with strong feet and bills, and a single moult each year (most passerines moult twice). Most species have bristle-like feathers covering their nostrils. They are omnivores having a varied diet. Corvids are found worldwide except for the tip of South America and the polar ice caps. [abstracted from Wikipedia]


Crows and Allies

Order Passeriformes    Family Corvidae


Genus Corvus
The genus Corvus consists of large birds that are are either black all over, or mainly black with white or gray patches. They range in size from the relatively small Jackdaws to the very large Common Raven. The 40 or so members of this genus occur on all continents except South America and Antarctica.

Bushcrow, Stresemann's  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya

Crow, Cape also Black Crow  Corvus capensis Found: Africa 
Image by: 1) Cristiano Crolle - Etosha Nat.Park, Namibia  2, 3) Dick Daniels - De Hoop, South Africa


Crow, House   Corvus splendens  Found: Asia, Africa, Australasia
The House Crow has black crown, forehead, throat, wings, tail; gray-brown neck, underparts. 
Similar to: Hooded Crow, Hooded Crow's black hood covers all of the head; House Crow only has black on front part of head.
Similar to: Jackdaw. House Crow has much larger bill with a round end; Jacksaw has short pointed bill.
Image by: 1) Benjamint444 - Pokhara, Nepal  2) Darren Bellerby - Thane Creek, Mumbai, India  3) Dick Daniels - Nepal


Crow, Pied Corvus albus   Found: Africa
The Pied Crown has mainly black plumage, bill, legs; white shoulders, breast.
Similar to: White-necked Raven. Pied Crow has much more white than White-necked Raven.
Image by:  1, 2, 8) Dick Daniels near Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa   3, 4) Dick - Madagascar   5, 6,7) Dick - Tanzania    9) Cristiano Crolle - Etosha Nat.Park, Namibia


Crow, Stresemann's Bush-  Zavattariornis stresemanni  Found: Africa
The Stresemann's Bush-Crow has mainly bluish-gray plumage; creamy-white throat, breast; glossy black wings; brown eye surrounded by bright blue skin. Resembles a starling, but DNA suggests it belongs to the crow family.
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) Sandy Wall - Ethiopia


Jackdaw also Eurasian Jackdaw Corvus monedula   Found: northeast North America (vagrant), Europe, Asia, Africa
The Eurasian Jackdaw has black on center of head; black throat, wings; gray nape, back, underparts; light gray eyes
Similar to: Hooded Crow, Hooded Crow's black hood covers all of the head; Jackdaw only has black on front part of head.
Similar to: House Crow. House Crow has much larger bill with a round end; Jacksaw has short pointed bill.
Image by: 1) Sergey Yeliseev - Moscow region  2) Charlie Westerinen   3) Placid Casual   4) Maxwell Hamilton - England   5) Dick Daniels - Scotland   6) Lip Kee - Italy  7)  Olivier Klein - Netherlands 
1) Juvenile




RAVENS

Raven, Common Corvus corax   Found: North America, Europe, Asia, Africa
Apart from its greater size, the Common Raven differs from its cousins, the crows, by having a larger and heavier, black beak, shaggy feathers around the throat and above the beak, and a wedge-shaped tail.
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - Arizona   2, 3, 4) Dick - Wyoming   5) Dick - Napel   6) Dick - California  



Raven, Fan-tailed Corvus rhipidurus   Found: Asia, Africa
The Fan-tailed Raven has black plumage, bill, legs, feet. Plumage has a purplish-blue gloss in good light. Base of feathers on upper neck are white, but only seen in windy conditions.
Image by Dick Daniels - Tanzania


Raven, White-necked  Corvus albicollis  Found: Africa
The White-necked Raven is predominantly black. It has white semi-collar on back of neck; black bill has white tip.
Similar to: Pied Crow. Pied Crow has much more white than White-necked Raven.
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) Greg Hume - Cincinnati Zoo   3) David Schenfeld - Rwanda  4) Cristiano Crolle - Knysna, South Africa



Genus Pyrrhocorax

Chough, Alpine  Pyrrhocorax graculus   Found: Europe, Asia, Africa
The Alpine Chough has glossy black plumage; yellow bill; red legs.
Image by: 1) Gunter Hildebrandt   2) Mathias Bigge - Austria  3) Charlie Westerinen - Eiger, Switzerland





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