The Pied Crow (Corvus albus) is a common sub-Saharan African bird.
The Pied Crow has glossy black head and neck feathers. Its lower chest is white. Its tail, wings, beak, and legs are black. Its eyes are dark brown, and its beak is thick and strong.
It grows to about 46-52 centimetres (18-20.5 inches) tall, with a wingspan of about 85 centimetres (33.5 inches).
The Pied Crow likes open country, close to townships.
It feeds on the ground, eating insects, reptiles, eggs, grain, and food scraps.
It can be seen in pairs or small groups. Both the male and female Pied Crow builds their stick nest in a tall tree. Females lay 3-6 pale green spotted eggs, which hatch after 18-19 days. Both the male and female parent look after the chicks. The chicks gain their full feathers after about 45 days.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM