Crows (Corvidae)

Cape Crow (Corvus capensis) - HBW 14, p. 625

French: Corneille du Cap German: Kapkrähe Spanish: Cuervo de El Cabo
Other common names: Cape/African Rook, Black/African Crow

Taxonomy: Corvus capensis M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Has been suggested that this species could form a superspecies with C. frugilegus, but there are major differences between the two, not least in nesting habits, the most apparent similarity between them being the pointed bill. Races, although geographically disjunct, are not well marked. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • kordofanensis Laubmann, 1919 - SE Sudan, N Eritrea, most of Ethiopian Highlands, N & SE Somalia, SE Uganda, W & C Kenya and extreme N Tanzania.
  • capensis M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823 - from C Angola, W Zambia and Zimbabwe S to South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho; possibly also SW Mozambique.