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African Pied Crow

Corvus albus
Conservation Status: 
Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
Range: 
Sub-Saharan Africa
Habitat: 
Grasslands, savannahs, mountainous regions, riverbanks, shorelines, and open, lightly wooded expanses near small villages.

The African pied crow is black with white on its chest.  The word “pied” means they have bold patches of feathers with sharply defined edges. They are more closely related to the common raven and the Somali crow than to other crow species!

African pied crows, being omnivores, will eat all sorts of insects, small reptiles, small rodents, eggs, grains, nuts, small and young birds, and scraps and carcasses (carrion). The crow has even been known to prey on fruit bats. 

These crows are usually found in pairs or small groups. They have a huge range to look for food. Like most crows, the pied crow has been observed to solve novel problems well. They are also able to use tools to help them accomplish their goals such as using rocks or branches to crack open nuts or eggs. They have even been observed to leave nuts in front of automobiles and then pick up the pieces once they are crushed.

The nest of a pied crow can be found in lone, tall trees. The female lays 4-5 eggs from September to November, being green with brown spots in colour, which take 18-19 days to hatch. The female incubates the eggs and covers them when she leaves to forage. The male and female take part in rearing the chicks which fledge after 45 days.

They are rated Least Concern on the IUCN Red List because their population is stable, they have a huge range of habitats and foods, and they have no known threats.