Tuesday, August 30, 2011

African Pied Crow

Corvus albus
African Pied Crows are medium sized Corvids (Crows and Ravens) that hail from sub-Saharan Africa. They are distinguishable from many other crows by the bright white feathers that cover the neck and chest. They are highly adaptable birds, and can found in a variety of habitats.

Like other Crows and Ravens, African Pied Crows are quite intelligent, and can be taughts to perform all kinds of tricks and tasks in captivity. In the wild they are very social birds, and live in small groups. They will even work together to mob prey from much larger birds of prey!

African pied Crows can be kept as pets, but they take a great deal of care to be properly raised. (Interestingly, native Crows and Ravens cannot be kept in the UNited States, but foreign birds like the Pied Crow can) Their high intelligence and craftiness means they can become destructive if not given proper socialization and enrichment. They are extremely active and require a good deal of space to stay happy. While they can make for exciting and enjoyable pets, they  are definitely not for everyone!

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Africa
Size : Length up to 20in (50cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Passeriformes
Family : Corvidae -- Genus : Corvus -- Species : C. albus

4 comments:

  1. Oh what memories this brings back. They used to terrorise out cats and dogs in Africa and pinch their food!!!

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  2. Crows have been found to be very intelligent. This is a link to an article which discusses this intelligence which I hope you find interesting and educational:http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/article/676302

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  3. These birds used to scare you so that you drop/leave your food behind and then steal it. :/ but I love them and their big, loud mouths... birds are a huge part of my life. I own around 300. :)These birds used to scare you so that you drop/leave your food behind and then steal it. :/ but I love them and their big, loud mouths... birds are a huge part of my life. I own around 300. :)

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