Corvus levaillantii Lesson, 1831 sec. Droege, G., Corvids of the World

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Corvus levaillantii Lesson, 1831 sec. Droege, G., Corvids of the World

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Common Name

English (Thailand, Kingdom of): Bengalese Jungle CrowA

Distribution

Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent (Bangladesh (BangladeshnativeB), India (BiharnativeB, JharkhandnativeB, West BengalnativeB), Nepal (NepalnativeB,1)); Indo-China (Andaman Is. (Andaman Is.nativeB), Cambodia (CambodianativeB), Laos (LaosnativeB,2), Myanmar (MyanmarnativeB), Thailand (ThailandnativeB), Vietnam (VietnamnativeB,3)); Malesia (Malaya (Peninsular MalaysianativeB,4))
1. SE Nepal, 2. S Laos, 3. S Vietnam, 4. N Malay Peninsula

Description

Adult: Irides brown; bill, feet, tows and claws black. Plumage wholly black, the underparts glossed with steel blue, the upperparts with steel violet. Northern birds (Thailand) belong to the form, intermediate between levaillantii and macrorhynchos, which Mayr designates "Subsp. 2" (Ibis, 1940, p. 695)

Habitat

Appears in Thailand werever man has gone before to clear the forest and cultivate the land. It is, accordingly, most numerous in towns and villages, but ventures also into clearings in the evergreen and ascends the mountains to as high an elevation as there are inhabited hai, on Doi Suthep reaching 3300 feet, on Doi Ang Ka, 4400 feet.A

Foraging

Fruits (figs), carrionA

Brood parasite

Behaviour

Builds groups and sleeps in roosts during cold season (Thailand)A

Bibliography

A. The birds of northern Thailand.: 300 [2974]
B. The Howard and Moore complete checklist of the birds of the world. 3rd Edition. 2003
C. Makatsch, W., Brood parasitism in birds. [Der Brutparasitismus in der Vogelwelt.]. 1955: 192 [8672]