Pied Crow

Corvus albus

The Pied Crow is a widely distributed African bird species in the crow genus.

Structurally, the Pied Crow is better thought of as a small crow-sized Raven, especially as it can hybridise with the Somali Crow where their ranges meet in the Horn of Africa. Its behaviour, though, is more typical of the Eurasian Carrion Crows, and it may be a modern link between the Eurasian crows and the Common Raven.
Pied Crow in Namib Desert There were lots of Pied Crows In Namibia and we saw this one in one of the dead trees that you so often see in the classic photos of the red dunes. Corvus albus,Geotagged,Namibia,Pied Crow,Spring,namib desert,namibia

Appearance

It is approximately the size of the European Carrion Crow or a little larger but has a proportionately larger bill, slightly longer tail and wings, and longer legs. As its name suggests, its glossy black head and neck are interrupted by a large area of white feathering from the shoulders down to the lower breast. The tail, bill and wings are black too. The eyes are dark brown. The white plumage of immature birds is often mixed with black. It resembles the White-necked and Thick-billed Ravens but has a much smaller bill.In southern Africa the range overlaps with the White-necked Raven.
The Pied Crow is slightly smaller and has a white chest and belly with a black, more delicate beak compared to the black chest and belly of the larger White-necked Raven which also has a white tipped and weightier beak.
It is larger than the Black Crow.
The Pied Crow Corbeau pie
Corvus albus 

Pied Crow Burkina Faso,Corvus albus,Geotagged,Pied Crow,Winter

Distribution

This species, Africa's most widespread member of the genus ''Corvus'', occurs from Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Senegal, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea down to the Cape of Good Hope and on the large island of Madagascar, the Comoros islands, Aldabra, Zanzibar, Pemba and Fernando Po. It inhabits mainly open country with villages and towns nearby. It does not occur in the equatorial rainforest region. It is rarely seen very far from human habitation, though it is not as tied to the urban way of life as the House Crow of Asia, and may be encountered far from human habitation in Eritrea.
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Behavior

Pied Crows are generally encountered in pairs or small groups, although an abundant source of food may bring large numbers of birds. The species behaves in a similar manner to the Hooded and Carrion Crows. In Dakar, birds have been observed mobbing passing Ospreys and Snake Eagles but avoiding Black Kites.
Pied Crow- Corvus albus  Bird,Corvus albus,Crow,Geotagged,Hluhluwe,KwaZulu Natal,Pied Crow,South Africa,Winter

Habitat

This species, Africa's most widespread member of the genus ''Corvus'', occurs from Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Senegal, Sudan, Somalia and Eritrea down to the Cape of Good Hope and on the large island of Madagascar, the Comoros islands, Aldabra, Zanzibar, Pemba and Fernando Po. It inhabits mainly open country with villages and towns nearby. It does not occur in the equatorial rainforest region. It is rarely seen very far from human habitation, though it is not as tied to the urban way of life as the House Crow of Asia, and may be encountered far from human habitation in Eritrea.
Two Pied Crows on mountain edge in Isola, Madagascar Seems like a couple going through the gossip of the day. Corvus albus,Isola,Madagascar,Pied Crow

Reproduction

The nest is usually built in tall, isolated trees, though sometimes smaller specimens are used, depending on availability. The cross supports of telephone poles are also frequently used, and both sexes build the nest. A clutch of 3–6 eggs is laid from September to November and are pale green spotted with various shades of brown. The eggs are normally covered when the incubating female leaves the nest. Incubation is 18–19 days and the young are usually fledged by around 45 days. Both sexes rear the young.
Pied Crow closeup in Spiny Forest of Madagascar First and only closeup we managed to get of this ultra intelligent and social large bird.  Corvus albus,Ifaty,Madagascar,Pied Crow,Spiny Forest

Food

All of its food is obtained from the ground such as insects and other small invertebrates, small reptiles, small mammals, young birds and eggs, grain, peanuts, carrion and any scraps of human food and fruit. It has been recorded killing and eating roosting Fruit Bats and is frequently seen scavenging around slaughterhouses.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyCorvidae
GenusCorvus
SpeciesC. albus