Cuban Crow Corvus nasicus

  • © Tim Skillin

Most frequently located by its liquid bubbling and gurgling calls, which somewhat resemble a parrot’s vocalizations, the Cuban Crow is present locally over much of the main island of Cuba, as well as the Isle of Youth, and three islands in the southern Bahamas. It is by the far more widespread and abundant of Cuba’s two corvids, although the two species are difficult to distinguish, except vocally, and frequently flock together in the few areas where the Palm Crow (Corvus palmarum) also occurs. The Cuban Crow is a large, all-black crow with rather longer wings and deeper wingbeats than the Palm Crow, but other differences (such as the relative length of the nasal bristles) are much more difficult to appreciate. It inhabits semi-open and wooded areas, included agricultural regions, and feeds both on the ground and arboreally, on invertebrates and fruits. The Cuban Crow builds a rough stick nest, often in a palm tree, and usually high above the ground; a typical clutch is 3–4 eggs, and the nesting season lasts from March to July at least.

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© Gregory F Budney

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Cuban Crow (Corvus nasicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: