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African Pied Crow

Corvus albus

The African pied crow is highly intelligent and adaptable to many of environments. It stands about 18 inches tall with black feathers and a distinctive white breast and collar.

Range & Habitat

Open mountainous habitats in eastern and southern Africa, south of the Sahara Desert. They are also found in Madagascar, the Comoro Islands and the Assumption Islands.

At the Zoo: Outdoor birds – “Pole barn.”

Conservation Status: Least Concern

The pied crow is common and widespread throughout southern Africa.


In the Wild -- Insects, maize, peanuts, fruit, seeds, carrion, small mammals, bird eggs, tortoises, lizards, mollusks, and sometimes humans’ garbage.

At the Zoo: Insects (crickets, superworms, mealworms), meatballs made from canine diet and feline diet, mixed vegetables, pigeon pellets, mice and a variety of fruit.

Life Span

In the Wild – 6-10 years
In Human Care - up to 20 years.

Fun Facts about the African Pied Crow

  •  Pied crows follow bush fires to eat insects and they follow ploughs to forage for invertebrates.
  •  Crows are fearless when chasing away predators such as golden or bald eagles. They will drop stones, sticks or pinecones onto predators or people!
  •  Crows are emotional animals, reacting to hunger and invasion of their space with noisy vocalizations. In human care, they form tight bonds with their keepers.


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Updated February 25, 2021