Palm Crow (Corvus palmarum) - HBW 14, p. 628
French: Corneille palmiste
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.
- Near Threatened Enlarge map
VideosSee all 9 videos
A bird calling in a tree Locality Lago Enriquillo, Dominican Republic (ssp palmarum)
herve jacob 18 February 2012 2 years ago 21 sec 4
A bird in a palm, calling Locality Najasa, Cuba (ssp minutus)
Josep del Hoyo 4 August 2004 9 years ago 43 sec 3.9
A bird in a palm, flying away and being replaced by another Locality Najasa, Cuba (ssp minutus)
Josep del Hoyo 4 August 2004 9 years ago 32 sec 3.9
A bird perched on a palm leaf Locality Najasa, Cuba (ssp minutus)
Josep del Hoyo 4 August 2004 9 years ago 42 sec 3.9
Bird in tree Locality La Belén Reserve, Camagüey Province, Cuba (ssp minutus)
Desmond Allen 5 March 2013 1 year ago 41 sec 3.5
A bird in a palm Locality Najasa, Cuba (ssp minutus)
Josep del Hoyo 4 August 2004 9 years ago 22 sec 3.5
Locality Punta Cana, La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic
Jorge Malingre 13 June 2013 1 year ago 4
Side view of a bird perched in the shadows of a palm tree.
Locality Cuba (ssp minutus)
Pete Morris 3 April 2004 34 weeks ago 3.3
Bird flying to a roosting site late evening
Locality Dominican Republic
Dubi Shapiro 30 January 2014 13 weeks ago 3
A bird foraging on the road
Locality Najasa, Cuba (ssp minutus)
Arthur Grosset 18 February 2005 5 years ago 3