Crows (Corvidae)

Fan-tailed Raven (Corvus rhipidurus) - HBW 14, p. 639

French: Corbeau à queue courte German: Borstenrabe 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.