Little crow (bird)

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Little crow
Little crow (Fifer).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Corvus
C. bennetti
Binomial name
Corvus bennetti
North, 1901
Corvus bennetti map.jpg

The little crow (Corvus bennetti) is an Australian species of crow, very similar to the Torresian crow in having white bases to the neck and head feathers (shown when ruffled in strong wind) but slightly smaller (38–45 cm in length) and with a slightly smaller bill. It has the same white iris that distinguish the Australian species from all other Corvus except a few island species to the north of Australia, and one from Eurasia, the jackdaw (Corvus monedula). Like the Australian raven, this species has a blue ring around the pupil.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It ranges over western and central Australia, often inhabiting very dry, near desert areas. It frequents small country towns and cultivated areas, where its flocks have reminded people of the European rook.


C. bennetti was named in honour of the New South Wales ornithologist and collector of natural history specimens, Kenric Harold Bennett.[2]



Its food is mainly taken from the ground and includes insects, cereals and other seeds. It is less of a scavenger than the Torresian crow.


It usually nests in small, loose colonies, building stick nests lined with mud (the only Australian species of Corvid known to do this).


The Little Crow's calls ranges from a harsh "'hark-hark-hark-hark'" to a more raven like "'ah-ah-ah'".

Image links[edit]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Corvus bennetti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2014). The eponym dictionary of birds. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781472905741. OCLC 882574116.