Crows (Corvidae)

Palm Crow (Corvus palmarum) - HBW 14, p. 628

French: Corneille palmiste German: Palmenkrähe Spanish: Cuervo Palmero
Other common names: Cuban Palm Crow (minutus); Hispaniolan Palm Crow (palmarum)

Taxonomy: Corvus palmarum Paul von Württemberg, 1835, vicinity of Cibao Mountains, Dominican Republic.
Appears to be more closely related to ravens than it is to other Caribbean crows; preliminary comparison of DNA sequences suggests 6% divergence from ravens, but 8-10% divergent from C. leucognaphalus and C. nasicus. Races have been treated as two distinct species, but differences minimal; indeed, even as races they are weakly differentiated. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • minutus Gundlach, 1852 - Cuba.
  • palmarum Paul von Württemberg, 1835 - Hispaniola.