Dwarf Ravens or Somali Crows

The Somali Crow or Dwarf Raven (Corvus edithae) occurs principally in the African countries of Somalia, northern Kenya, Djibouti and eastern Ethiopia in the region known as the Horn of Africa.

Dwarf Ravens - Distribution Map


It measures about 44 – 46 cm in length – approximating the size of the Carrion Crow, Corvus corone, but with longer bill and somewhat more brownish cast to the feathers especially when worn..

Breeding / Nesting

Most nesting activities have been observed in April and early May.

The Dwarf Raven seems to prefer thorn trees for its nest building; their nest being raven-like bulky structures. They may also nest on telegraph poles or, in coastal areas, on cliffs.

There are usually 4-5 eggs laid and incubated over 20-22 days. The young usually leave the nest by the 37th or 38th day and can fly well by 42-45 days.

Calls / Vocalizations

Its voice is described as a harsh “caw”.

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