Re: Matheran Caw-ling
- Hi Terence,
Interesting to note that there was a similar report posted by another
member which generated some discussion but reached no conclusion and
I quote (message 6586):
I have a query about our common bird the crow. I know we have two
types of crows in our city, the house crow and the large billed or
jungle crow and its easy to distinguish between the two. What I want
to know is whether the two species inter breed ? The reason for asking
this question is because I have been sometimes seeing crows that are
jet black like the jungle crow but have the slim strealined shape like
the house crow. Any explanations ?
... perhaps there is more to it ??!
--- In email@example.com, "terence de lima"
> It would appear that of Crows at Matheran there are three:
> The first is the Large-Billed Crow, *Corvus macrorhynchos
> is met with off and on. It has been there from the earliestrecords. Second,
> there is the House Crow, *Corvus splendens*. The early records ofthe Hill
> Station show that this, like the visitors, came up just for theseasons
> the seasons then being one before the rains and one after. For themonsoon
> it went 'down.' However, after the new-fangled hotels came up andwhen the
> human traffic picked up on The Hill, there's always that quantityof garbage
> sufficient enough to sustain the House Crow year-round. So then,from merely
> visiting, it has turned resident.and size
> Finally there is a crow(?) (it has a single *Caw*) about the shape
> of the House Crow. However, it is slightly slimmer, and is overallCrow,* Corvus
> glossy-black. The bill is decidedly thin, tapered and black. It is
> suspiciously like the Rook,* Corvus frugilegus* or the Carrion
> corone orientalis*. However, the field guides place the Rook andthe Carrion
> Crow much to the north. And then again, this is not at all theMalabar
> Whistling Thrush. What am I seeing? Anybody, anything?
> All the best!
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