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House Crow

House Crow
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-07 14:21
Viewed: 5122
Points: 31
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Corvidae

Genus: Corvus

Species: C. splendens

The House Crow (Corvus splendens), also known as the Colombo Crow is a common bird of the Crow family that is of Asian origin but now found in many parts of the world, where they arrived assisted by shipping. It is between the Jackdaw and the Carrion Crow in size (40 cm in length) but is relatively slimmer than either. The forehead, crown, throat and upper breast are a richly glossed black, whilst the neck and breast are a lighter grey-brown in colour. The wings, tail and legs are black. There are regional variations in the thickness of the bill and the depth of colour in areas of the plumage.
In the dry parts of South Asia and Iran the subspecies C. s. zugmayeri is found and this has a very pale neck collar. The nominate race is found in India, Nepal and Bangladesh and has a grey neck collar. In southern India, the Maldives (sometimes separated as maledivicus) and Sri Lanka, the subspecies C. s. protegatus is darker grey. The darkest form however is the Myanmar form C. s. insolens and lacks the grey collar.
It has a widespread distribution in southern Asia, being native to Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Laccadive Islands, South West Thailand and coastal southern Iran. It has been introduced to East Africa around Zanzibar (around 1897 and Port Sudan, and arrived in Australia via ship but has up to now been exterminated. Recently it has made its arrival in Europe, and has been breeding in the Hook of Holland since 1998.It is associated with human settlements in all of its range, from small villages to large cities. In Singapore there was a density of 190 birds/km2 in 2001 with efforts to suppress the population in planning.
Due to a human population explosion in the areas it inhabits, this species has also proportionately multiplied. Being an omnivorous scavenger has enabled it to thrive in such circumstances.
The invasive potential for the species is great all over the tropics. It has as yet not established in the New World. This species is able to make use of resources with great flexibility and appears to be associated with humans and no populations are known to exist independently of humans.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-07 14:28]

Hello Luciano,
Very good capture of this House Crow. Beautiful pose showing of detail of the feathers. Great sharpness and lovely POV. A wonderful composition.
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Luciano. A dispetto delle dicerie popolari corvi e cornacchie sono bestiole che mi sono state sempre simpatiche. Oltremodo intelligenti e versatili. Bello 'sto POV e complimenti per la profondità di campo. Il colore dell'amico corvo contrasta bene con lo sfondo che però ha qualche spot bruciatura di troppo.

ps. Quando ne vedrò qualcuno volare in circolo nel cielo tra qui e Cuggiono vorrà dire che mi metterò in moto per recuperare....la bicicletta. Ih ih!


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-07 14:44]

Hi Luciano,
Good capture of this House crow in nice light,with excellent sharpness and taken from perfect POV.
have a nice night,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-07 21:40]

Nice photo, very interesting sp.

Hello Luciano,
Nice capture with natural colours and great sharp details.
Lovely composition.

salut Luciano

aujourd'hui je te trouve dans le continent africain
avec une jolie photo de cette espèce de corneille,
excellent POV et cadrage approprié, excellent focus
netteté et détails, excellent détails du plumage sombre,



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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-05-07 23:58]

Nice Corvus from an unusual angle.

Enjoy the WE. TFS,


Excelente trabajo Luciano !
De entrada destaca el volumen del ave tan bien captado. Dificil y conseguido ontraluz. Muy buen enfoque y nitidez en el cuerpo del ave.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Good morning friend Luciano! Hey, not a butterfly today! Instead a House Crow ! Well in my opinion a bit inappropriate viewing angle, and the highlights on the background looks dramatically overexposed in some parts of the frame. In case like this use a flash, is my advice, Luciano! Yes, not an easy shot to execute, I think but ..common ..tomorrow is another day! Have a great weekend, my friend!
George Veltchev

Caro Luciano, gli uccelli non son pane per i nostri denti, però te la seicavata, e poi un uccello dallo zanzibar quando ci ricapita più di vederlo, buon fine settimana, ciao Silvio

Ciao Luciano,
un'ottima immagine come presentazione della specie, non ideale dal punto di vista fotografico la posizione del capo, ottima la definizione e piacevole il contrasto di luce fra la zona d'ombra e lo sfondo, mi piace moltissimo la tensione che trasmette questo Corvide con il suo occhio "allarmato", particolare che rende questa immagine decisamente bella.
Grazie e complimenti
Buon fine di settimana
Ciao Maurizio

Bonjour Luciano,
Le corbeau n'est pas mon oiseau préféré mais c'est une bonne photo meme prise de dos
et bon W-E

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2010-05-08 7:10]

La jolie corneille, au cou beige en plus, une espèce que nous n'avons pas ici. Elles sont toutes noires, nous n'en avons qu'une seule espèce! Très belle photo de cet oiseau intelligent et aussi, très beau! J'aime pouvoir l'admirer de dos, les plumes sont si belles. Merci Luciano!


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-08 8:07]

Hi Luciano,

Very good shot of that House Crow. I've never seen one of those. We have American Crows where I live. I find it interesting that the House Crow is not all black. You've captured this one very well. Of course, it would have been great if the bird had been looking at the camera, but you can't have everything. Very nicely taken. TFS.


bonjour Luciano
très belle capture de ce Corbeau familier, avec d'excellents details surb son plumage noir, superbe profondeur de champs, ce n'est pas facile de faire un aussi beau portrait, car cette espèce ne se laisse pas approcher, alors je dit bravo !
Passe un bon WE

Hi Luciano,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The poinbt of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the house crow. The early afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.


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