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Common Name : Jungle Crow     -       Scientific Name : Corvus [macrorhyncos] culminates       -       Other Name : Large-billed Crow/ Indian Jungle Crow (E), Kalu Kaputa (S)
Nelum Wila
08/19/2013
Nelum Wila
08/19/2013
Panikkar Villu
09/11/2011

This is a common breeding resident through out the country. This species has an extensive range and occurs from north-eastern Asia to Afghanistan and from eastern Iran in the west, through South and Southeast Asia to Cambodia.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as “Least Concerned” (National Red List 2012).

This is a species, which is not protected under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance as amended by Act No. 22 of 2009.

I have seen this species through out the country from the highest hills to the wet and dry lowlands. Even though this species is not as common as the Grey-necked Crow and used to be found in villages and towns close to forested areas about fifty years ago it has expanded its range over the years and is now found even in the city of Colombo. It is now common in the Horton Plains National park. I have seen them through out the country.

Jungle Crow is found deep inside Wilpattu. I have observed them to be accompanying herds of Wild Boar on a few occasions at Panikkar Villu and Nelum Wila. The Crows quite deliberately move with the herd and the Wild Boar appear to welcome their presence. Perhaps the association results in some reciprocal benefit for both the species.