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Palm Crow - BirdForum Opus

Photo by arthurgrosset
Najasa, Cuba, February 2005
Corvus minutus

Includes: Hispaniolan Palm Crow; Cuban Palm Crow


34 - 38cm.

  • Black plumage with purble-blue iridescence
  • Brown iris
  • Short, stout, sharp-pointed bill
  • Well-developed nasal bristles covering nostrils

Sexes similar, males larger than femals. Juveniles are duller than adults.

Similar Species

It is similar to the Cuban Crow but is smaller, with shorter wings and elongated tufts over the upper mandible.


Dominican Republic, Haiti and western Cuba.
Formerly abundant and still not uncommon on Hispaniola. Rare and local in Cuba, confined to Camaguey province now.


Two subspeces recognized:

Both subspecies are sometimes treated as full species.

Appears to be closely related to the Fish Crow of the eastern seaboard of the United States and also two smaller species, the Tamaulipas Crow and Sinaloa Crow of Mexico and forms a species group with them.


Mountain pine forests, arid brush and hill country. Also in lowland cultivation with some palm trees. Often between 1300 - 1900m on Hispaniola.


Feeds on invertebrates (beetles, caterpillars, cicadas, snails), liards and fruits. Usually foraging in pairs or small groups on the ground.
Breeding season from March to July in Cuba. Obviously a solitary nester. The nest is made of sticks and placed among tree branches or in a palm tree. Lays 4 eggs. Breeding habits poorly known.
No information about movements.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  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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