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Cape Crow

Corvus capensis

Cape Crow/Cape Rook, Corvus capensis, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed on a harvested corn plot southwest of Eldoret, Kenya. December 2012.

Several all black, or nearly black, members of the Corvidae are found in Kenya. The Cape Crow can be identified relatively easily by noting the bill which is long and much more slender than the other species. It is also known as the Cape Rook. It is fairly common in agricultural areas of the highlands in Kenya and adjacent areas of Ethiopia and South Sudan. This population is disjunct from the population in South Africa from whence the name is derived.

Corvidae -- Crow and Jay Family

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