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Bougainville Crow

From Opus

Alternative names: Short-tailed Crow; Solomon Crow; Solomon Islands Crow

Corvus meeki


[edit] Identification

40 - 41cm. A medium-sized, glossy crow:

  • Massive black bill with strongly arched culmen
  • Short narrow tail
  • Black plumage with bluish-green gloss on head and underparts and purple gloss on upperparts
  • Brown eye
  • Black legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles have blue-grey eyes.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to the islands of Bougainville and Buka (of Papua New Guinea) and the Shortland Islands (of the Solomon Islands).
Common in its small range.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It's sometimes regarded as conspecific with Bismarck Crow or with White-billed Crow.

[edit] Habitat

It is generally restricted to lowland forest (< 1600 m) but does feed in coconut plantations and degraded habitats close to forest.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds on insects, fruits, and berries. Usually foraging in small groups.
Breeding season probably in austral spring. No other information about breeding.
A resident species.

[edit] References

  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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