House Crow (Corvus splendens)
House Crow are medium-sized, 13" (33cm) birds, slim and with glossy black forecrown and face, down to centre of breast. The hindcrown, nape, neck and lower breast are grey. The mantle is black - the wings and tail also, but with sheens of green, blue and violet. The long tail extends well past the wing tips when perched. A large black bill, legs and feet. Eyes are brown.
House Crows are gregarious birds that have proved to be a pest, scavenging in towns and villages and have been controlled since 1990's. They also destroy the nests of other birds, searching for eggs.
They roost and nest near human habitation, breeding between September and June and laying around 4 eggs in their untidy stick nest, often built in large trees.
House Crows are omnivorous scavengers, eating almost anything. In addition to garbage, they eat insects, eggs & nestlings, fruits and small reptiles.
House Crows were introduced to Zanzibar about 1897, probably by stowing away on a boat and spread to Kenya's south coastal towns rapidly. They have largely displaced the Pied Crow and despite being controlled, are moving further inland, below 1,600 metres.
Extra House Crow Facts
House Crows have a typically harsh crow-like call "kwaaa ~ kwaaa".
House Crows are thought to carry the infection 'cryptococcal disease', a potentially fatal disease to humans that can result in AIDS.
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