Fan-tailed Raven (Corvus rhipidurus) - HBW 14, p. 639
French: Corbeau à queue courte
Spanish: Cuervo Colicorto
Taxonomy: Corvus rhipidurus E. J. O. Hartert, 1918, Massaua, Eritrea.
Sometimes allocated its own monotypic genus, Rhinocorax. Certain morphological features, notably the nasal bristles and wing and tail shapes, indicate affinity with African ravens rather than N ones. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- stanleyi Roselaar, 1993 - E Israel, Palestine and W Jordan, mountains of W & C Arabia (Hejaz and Asir Mts; Tuwaiq escarpment, Gebel Aja and Babel Sama) E into extreme W Oman.
- rhipidurus E. J. O. Hartert, 1918 - E Mali (Adrar des Ipras and Homberi), NW Niger (Aïr Massif and Zinder), Chad (Tibesti and Kapka Mts and elsewhere), NE Central African Republic, highlands of Sudan (including Gebel Elba, on Egyptian border), most of Ethiopia and E to Eritrea, Djibouti and W Somalia, and E Uganda and N & W Kenya.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 9 videos
Two birds eating food scraps taken from a kitchen Locality Konso, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 13 December 2005 8 years ago 33 sec 4.6
Several birds in an open kitchen, drinking and feeding Locality Konso, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 13 December 2005 8 years ago 37 sec 4.6
A bird perched on a shelter. Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 28 November 2005 9 years ago 35 sec 4.5
A bird preening. Locality Awash National Park, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 28 November 2005 9 years ago 12 sec 4.1
A bird on rocks. Locality Debre Sina, Ethiopia (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 26 November 2005 9 years ago 17 sec 3.9
one perched by roadside, flies off Locality Yabelo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp rhipidurus)
Martin Kennewell 2 November 2010 4 years ago 13 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 17 photos
Pair on a road sign
Locality An-Namas, Asir Province, Saudi Arabia
mansorea 19 May 2014 21 weeks ago 4.2
Locality Lalibela, Ethiopia (ssp rhipidurus)
Fran Trabalon 29 November 2012 1 year ago 4
Perched low in a tree.
Locality Sof Omar, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp rhipidurus)
David Beadle 22 January 2009 2 years ago 4
Adult on a dead tree
Locality Abijatta-Shalla National Park, Ethiopia
Marco Valentini 8 January 2012 2 years ago 4
A bird on the ground
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Piotr Jonczyk 21 November 2009 5 years ago 4
Flying low over a gorge.
Locality Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp rhipidurus)
David Beadle 20 January 2009 2 years ago 3.8