Crows (Corvidae)

Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides) - HBW 14, p. 633

French: Corbeau d'Australie German: Neuhollandkrähe Spanish: Cuervo Australiano

Taxonomy: Corvus Coronoides Vigors and Horsfield, 1827, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.
Much early confusion over correct specific name of this species; originally called C. australis, but identity and provenance of type specimen were suspect and the name was preoccupied; as a consequence, was named C. marianae, but that name is a synonym for the earlier C. coronoides, which takes priority. Purported taxon difficilis was based on an aberrant, immature specimen of present species and is invalid. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • perplexus Mathews, 1912 - SW Australia.
  • coronoides Vigors & Horsfield, 1827 - E & SE Australia, including some major offshore islands (e.g. Kangaroo I, in South Australia).