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Sinaloa Crow

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Corvus sinaloae

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[edit] Identification

34-38cm. A small Crow:

  • Black plumage with rich purple, blue and green gloss.
  • Black bill, legs and feet
  • Relatively small bill

Sexes similar, juveniles duller than adults.

[edit] Similar species

Very similar to Tamaulipas Crow but with a somewhat longer tail. Ranges don't overlap.

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to northwestern Mexico from south Sonora to southwest Nayarit.
A locally abundant restricted-range species.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
It is the counterpart of the Tamaulipas Crow of the gulf coast; in fact, the two are considered conspecific by some and then called Mexican Crow.

[edit] Habitat

Seashore, semi-desert, open woodlands, river banks and hills up to 300 metres or more. It is very common around coastal towns and villages.

[edit] Behaviour

It forages on the ground for food and the diet includes small shellfish, crabs, and insects. Fruits of many types are also taken, as are eggs and nestlings when opportunity arises.
Breeding recorded from late May to August in loose colonies. It nests in a thorny tree or a tall coconut palm. Lays 4 - 5 eggs.
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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