Jungle Crow

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names

Large-billed Crow, Thick-billed Crow

Native Habitat



Small mammals, birds


Jungle Crow

Corvus macrorhynchos

The Jungle Crow is a widespread Asian species of crow. They are very adaptable and are able to survive on a wide range of food sources making them capable of colonizing new areas due to which they are often considered a nuisance, especially on islands.

The overall size 50 cm in length and body proportions vary regionally. They have dark grayish plumage from the back of the head, neck, shoulders and lower body. Their wings, tail, face and throat are glossy black. The depth of the grey shading varies across its range.

Extremely versatile in its feeding, it will take food from the ground or in trees. They feed on a wide range of items and will attempt to feed on anything appearing edible, alive or dead, plant or animal. It is also one of the most persistent species and is quite bold, especially in urban areas. It is well known for its regular habit of killing domestic Chickens, more so than any other species of Crow.

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    দাঁড় কাক
  • Gujarati:
    ગિરનારી કાગડો
  • Kannada:
    ಕಾಡು ಕಾಗೆ
  • Malayalam:
  • Marathi:
    डोमकावळा, जंगली कावळा
  • Nepali:
    कालो काग
  • Sanskrit:
    वन काक, काकोल
  • Tamil:
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Corvus macrorhynchos