House Crow Corvus splendens


Taxonomic source(s)
AERC TAC. 2003. AERC TAC Checklist of bird taxa occurring in Western Palearctic region, 15th Draft. Available at: # _the_WP15.xls#.
Christidis, L. and Boles, W.E. 2008. Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia.
Cramp, S. and Simmons, K.E.L. (eds). 1977-1994. Handbook of the birds of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The birds of the western Palearctic. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A., Fishpool, L.D.C., Boesman, P. and Kirwan, G.M. 2016. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: Passerines. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
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Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2018 Least Concern
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type Average mass -
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 8,510,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -
Population and trend
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals unknown not applicable not applicable 0
Population trend Stable suspected -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -
Generation length (yrs) 7.3 - - -

Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be very abundant (Madge and Burn 1993).

Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Afghanistan V Extant Yes
Australia I Extinct Yes
Bahrain I Extant Yes
Bangladesh N Extant Yes
Barbados I Extant Yes
Bhutan N Extant Yes
Cambodia V Extant Yes
Chile U Extant
China (mainland) N Extant Yes
Denmark V Extant Yes
Djibouti I Extant Yes
Egypt I Extant Yes
Eritrea I Extant Yes
Gibraltar (to UK) I Extant Yes
Hong Kong (China) N Extant Yes
India N Extant Yes
Indonesia I Extant Yes
Iran, Islamic Republic of I Extant Yes
Israel I Extant Yes
Japan V Extant Yes
Jordan I Extant Yes
Kenya I Extant Yes
Kuwait I Extant Yes
Malaysia I Extant Yes
Maldives N Extant Yes
Mauritius I Extant Yes
Mozambique I Extant Yes
Myanmar N Extant Yes
Nepal N Extant Yes
Netherlands I Extant Yes
Oman I Extant Yes
Pakistan N Extant Yes
Qatar N Extant Yes
Saudi Arabia I Extant Yes
Seychelles I Extant Yes
Singapore N Extant Yes
Somalia I Extant Yes
South Africa I Extant Yes
Spain V Extant Yes
Sri Lanka N Extant Yes
Sudan I Extant Yes
Tanzania I Extant Yes
Thailand N Extant Yes
United Arab Emirates I Extant Yes
United Kingdom V Extant Yes
USA I Extant Yes
Yemen I Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
United Kingdom Abberton Reservoir

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Urban Areas suitable resident
Altitude   Occasional altitudinal limits (max) 2900 m

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Medicine - human & veterinary - - Non-trivial Recent
Pets/display animals, horticulture - - International Non-trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Corvus splendens. Downloaded from on 27/05/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/05/2020.