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Carrion Crow

Corvus corone (Linnaeus, 1758)

Черная ворона | Қара қарға

Almaty, Butakovka
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Breeds in mountains and foothills of southwest Altai and Kalbinskiy Altai, Saur, Dzhungarskiy Alatau and Tien Shan; in Zaysan and Balkhash-Alakol depressions and in Southern Trans-Balkhash area, in Chu river valley, lower Sarysu river and in Syrdarya valley river. In this part of Kazakhstan it ranges in north to lower Turgay river and Ulkayak river. In years when Turgay lakes are dry out (1940-1950), it nests in Naurzum Reserve. Wandering and wintering birds also recorded within this range. Migrating birds observed at Ustyurt, on Mugodzhary ridge, and vagrants recorded in Kokchetav uplands.


Common resident. Inhabits riparian forests, groves, shelterbelts and reed-beds on plains; and deciduous, mixed and coniferous forests in mountains at altitudes up to 2600 m in Tien Shan and 2200 m in Altai, mostly near the water. Appears in breeding sites in March. Breeds in separate pairs at 100-150 m, or sometimes 8-10 km one from another. Nest is located on tree (spruce, juniper, elm, apple, poplar, russian olive, willow, birch, larch) at height 2-25 m above the ground; or on tamarisk bushes and reed clump; nest is built from twigs or reed stems and leaves, and is lined with plenty of hair. Clutch of 3-6 eggs is laid between late March and late May. Both parents feed juveniles which fledge in late May – early July. Repeated breeding after loss of the first clutch is common. Autumn movement begins in late September – early October. At Chokpak Pass singly birds rarely caught in October. Records of flocks of several hundred birds need confirmation, as they can be confused with Rooks especially in autumn.


Corvus corone orientalis (Eversmann, 1841)


Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. В.К.Рябицев. "Птицы Урала, Приуралья и Западной Сибири". Екатеринбург. Изд-во Уральского университета, 2000.



Corvus corone orientalis
(Eversmann, 1841)


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Corvus corone interpositus
(Laubmann, 1917)
Corvus corone yunnanensis
(La Touche, 1922)
Corvus corone saghalense
(Kumagai, 1926)

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Анна Ясько: Александр, у Вас есть еще кадры группы птиц с 1 фото, чтобы было видно испод крыла у других птиц помимо птицы в левом нижнем углу?А так они все


Сергей Силантьев: Даже визуальное сравнение с большим крохалем на снимке говорит о том, что птица не маленькая...Кряква.


Ясько Анна: На мой взгляд, пропорции у этих двух птиц одинаковые. Сидящая птица также по пропорциям на канюка не похожа (маленькая голова).Кстати, вот

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