607. Corvus affinis

607. FANTAIL RAVEN.
CORVUS AFFINIS.
Corvus affinis, Rupp. Neue Wirbelth. p. 20, Taf. 10, fig. 2 ; Heugl. Orn. N. O. Afr. p. 504 ; Dresser, iv. p. 559, pl. 262, figs. 5-7 ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. iii. p. 46
Male ad. (Palestine). Glossy black, glossed with steely violet or steel blue, especially on the upper parts ; head and neck duller, the throat shaded with brown, the feathers lanceolate, bifurcate at the tip ; nasal bristles very stiff and directed upwards and forwards ; wings very long, the secondaries long ; beak and legs black ; iris brown. Culmen, 2.5. width of lower mandible at base nearly 2, wing 14.5, tail 6.4, tarsus 2.4 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. N.E. Africa and Palestine.
Frequents rocky and desolate localities, and in general habits resembles its congeners. It is generally seen in pairs and visits villages and camps in search of offal. Its note is a raven-like kuck and a somewhat chattering kua, kua. Its flight is peculiar, as it rather sails than flies, the motion of the wings being scarcely perceptible. Respecting its nidification I find nothing on record.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
607. Corvus affinis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
607
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
425
Common name: 
Fantail Raven
M_ID: 
20614
M_CN: 
Fan-tailed Raven
M_SN: 
Corvus rhipidurus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
10244

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