I love corvids, I am fascinated by them. There, I admitted it. Here’s two more, both from Africa and both in a black&white colour scheme.
White-necked raven (Corvus albicollis). Note the strongly curved and thick beak. I made very sure I kept my and my children’s finders clear of the wire mesh.
The White-necked raven is quite an impressive bird, and very obviously a raven – a stout, large and strong bird. it is smaller than the European Common raven (C. corax), but you have to either know our native species fairly well, or see them side-by-side to notice. It is, simply said, too sturdy-looking and big to be a “crow” in the widest sense.
However, looking closely you can see that the legs are a bit longer, the beak a bit bigger, and the tail and wings a bit longer. Half raven, half crow – and is anyone here surprised that there is no black/white distinction between them?
All images taken at Zoo Berlin