Adult Large Billed Crow (subspecies C. m. japonensis) at Kyoto Imperial Palace Gardens, Kyoto, Japan - July 2013
OTHER NAMES: Jungle Crow
Local Name (Japan): Hasgi-buto-garasu (ハシブトガラス) - "Thick-billed Crow"
Featured Subspecies: Corvus macrorhynchos japonensis
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
The Large-Billed Crow found in Japan is sometimes split into a separate species (Corvus japonensis) but as I can currently find fairly minimal support for this, I'm changing this article to reflect the original setup. - either way it is one of the common crows of Japan, being found in a broad range of habitats, both urban and rural much as the Carrion Crow does in Europe, although it also co-exists with that species. It is pretty much the most easy species to come across in Japan of all birds short of the Feral Pigeon and Tree Sparrow. Personally, I really like the sound these birds - it is a lot less harsh than that of Carrion Crows and echoes in a pleasing way, although in Japan they are regarded as a nuisance.
Subspecies: C. m. intermedius, C. m. tibetosinensis, C. m. mandshuricus, C. m. japonensis, C. m. connectens, C. m. osai, C. m. levaillantii, C. m. culminatus, C. m. colonorum, C. m. macrorhynchos, C. m. philippinus
- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Abundant throughout Japan.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, Arkive, BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List