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White-billed Crow

From Opus

Alternative names: Guadalcanal Crow; Solomon Crow; Solomons Crow

Corvus woodfordi


[edit] Identification

40 - 41cm. A medium-sized crow.

  • Massive pale bill with a dark tip and a strongly arched culmen
  • Dark nasal bristles parted at forehead
  • Black plumage with a green gloss
  • Short tail
  • Eye brown or grey to bluish-white
  • Black legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles undescribed

[edit] Distribution

Endemic to the Solomon Islands where found on Choiseul, Santa Isabel and Guadalcanal.
Locally common but range very small.

[edit] Taxonomy

The proposed subspecies vegetus from Santa Isabel is usually considered invalid.
Sometimes treated as conspecific with Bougainville Crow and may form a superspecies with it.

[edit] Habitat

Montane and lowland rainforest. Occurs up to 1000m, rarely higher. May forage in nearby coconut plantations.

[edit] Behaviour

Feeds on insects, takes also fruit.
Usually seen singly or in pairs or small groups.
Breeding probably in austral spring. No other information available.
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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