Violet crow

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Violet crow
Naturalis Biodiversity Center - RMNH.AVES.14747 1 - Corvus enca violaceus Bonaparte, 1851 - Corvidae - bird skin specimen.jpeg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Corvus
C. violaceus
Binomial name
Corvus violaceus
Bonaparte, 1850

The violet crow (Corvus violaceus) is a species of the crow family, Corvidae, native to Seram. It was long considered a subspecies of the slender-billed crow but has been shown to be divergent genetically.[2] Violet crows have a dark black head and slightly blue black body and have a slightly shorter bill than most other crow species.


  1. ^ BirdLife International. 2017. Corvus violaceus. (amended version published in 2016) The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T103727509A112292912. Downloaded on 04 November 2017.
  2. ^ Jønsson, Knud A.; Fabre, Pierre-Henri; Irestedt, Martin (2012). "Brains, tools, innovation and biogeography in crows and ravens". BMC Evolutionary Biology. 12: 72. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-72. PMC 3480872. PMID 22642364.