Pied Crow

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 14 April 2015
Scientific Name
Corvus albus
  • Passeriformes
  • Corvidae
  • Corvus
  • C. albus
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 12 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 20 inches
13 to 15 inches
14 to 24 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 非洲白颈鸦
Czech (Cesky) vrána černobílá
Danish (Dansk) Broget Krage
Dutch (Nederlands) Schildraaf
Finnish (Suomi) afrikanvaris
French (Français) Corbeau pie
German (Deutsch) Schildrabe
Italian (Italiano) Corvo bianco e nero
Japanese (日本語) ムナジロガラス [munajirogarasu]
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvitbrystkråke
Polish (Polski) kruk srokaty
Portuguese (Português) Gralha-seminarista
Russian (русский язык) Пегий ворон
Spanish (Español) Cuervo Pío
Swedish (Svenska) Svartvit kråka
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