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About the Pied Crow

Also known as: African Pied Crow, White-bellied Crow

The Pied Crow is a species of corvid found across much of sub-Saharan Africa. They live in open country, often close to human habitation. The species is closely related to the Somali Crow, with which it sometimes hybridizes.

Pied Crows are omnivorous, taking small prey items like spiders, ticks, and beetles, as well as plant material like dates and nuts. They are also frequently found foraging in dumps or taking carrion. Pied Crows are year-round residents throughout their range, though seasonal movements depending on drought conditions may cause some populations to shift in search of food.

Pied Crows are highly intelligent. They breed well in captivity and are sometimes found in educational programs at zoos and nature centers, where they can be trained to perform for public events. In the wild, Pied Crows have a stable population and are not considered to be endangered.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 April 2015
Scientific Name Corvus albus
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Corvus
  • C. albus
Birdorable Family Corvids, Shrikes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 11 October 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
18 to 20 inches
13 to 15 inches
14 to 24 ounces
Range West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa

International Names

  • 非洲白颈鸦 (Chinese)
  • vrána černobílá (Czech)
  • Broget Krage (Danish)
  • Schildraaf (Dutch)
  • afrikanvaris (Finnish)
  • Corbeau pie (French)
  • Schildrabe (German)
  • Corvo bianco e nero (Italian)
  • ムナジロガラス [munajirogarasu] (Japanese)
  • Hvitbrystkråke (Norwegian)
  • kruk srokaty (Polish)
  • Gralha-seminarista (Portuguese)
  • Пегий ворон (Russian)
  • Cuervo Pío (Spanish)
  • Svartvit kråka (Swedish)