605. Corvus umbrinus

605. BROWN-NECKED RAVEN.
CORVUS UMBRINUS.
Corvus umbrinus, Sundevall, K. Vet. Ak. Handl. 1838, p. 199 (ex- Hedenborg, MS.) ; Shelley, B. of Egypt, p. 158 ; Dresser, iv. p. 577, pl. 262, fig. 1, 265, fig. 2 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. iii. p. 17 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 15.
Ghurab el nohi, Arabic.
ad. (Egypt). Head and neck glossy dark umber-brown ; feathers on the neck white at the base ; upper and under parts deep black, glossed with steely or violet blue, the under parts with a few dark umber-brown feathers ; bill and legs black, the latter with a brownish tinge ; iris dark brown. Culmen 2.9, wing 15.5, tail 8.6, tarsus 2.9, middle toe 2.2 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. Egypt and Palestine, east to Afghanistan, Sind, and Mekran.
Frequents desert and rocky localities and is said to be tolerably tame, frequenting villages and slaughter-houses in search of offal. In general habits it resembles C. corax and like that species feeds on carrion, grubs, insects, and also on dates and grain. It places its nest on rocks or trees, constructing same of sticks, roots, &c., lined with rootlets, wool, or hair, and in February or March deposits 4 to 6 eggs, like those of C. corax but richer in colour, and measuring about 1.92 by 1.26.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
605. Corvus umbrinus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
605
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
424
Common name: 
Brown Necked Raven
M_ID: 
20599
M_CN: 
Brown-necked Raven
M_SN: 
Corvus ruficollis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10096

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