Everything you should know....
The African Pied Crow is approximately the size of the European Carrion
Crow or a little larger (46–50 cm in length) but has a proportionately
larger bill, slightly longer tail and wings, and longer legs.
10-20 + years
African Pied Crows are intelligent, crafty, sensitive, inquisitive,
and very sneaky. Crows in the wild can be VERY destructive. Much more
so than any other bird. Hand fed babies are in fact a bit rambunctious,
and very much like a small child getting into everything. That's why
"enrichment" items are so essential when keeping Corvids
as pets. They are very active and intelligent so it is imperative that
they stay stimulated in order to be good pets.
Back to the child analogy......how would a young child act if they
couldn't run and play? The Corvids need plenty of room to hop and jump
and fly and play. Crows are very clever creatures, and you can never
underestimate their curious, inquizitive nature, so have fun with it
- stimulate and challenge them for good mental and physical well being.
The glossy black head and neck are interrupted by a large area of
white feathering from the shoulders down to the lower breast. The tail,
bill and wings are black too. The eyes are dark brown. The white plumage
of immature birds is often mixed with black. It resembles the White-necked
Ravens but has a much smaller bill.
Crows are omnivorous. They will eat anything which is edible (and
many things which aren't). Their usual diet contains insects, seeds,
berries, carrion (the bodies of animals killed by creatures), the eggs
and young of other birds, and occasionally small mammals or rodents.
Crows are very active birds. They love to hop, fly, and peck at items.
Those who own this type of bird should provide a minimum of 4 to 6
hours of playtime outdoors daily. The flight cage should be large enough
for them to fly, stretch and exercise their muscles. The outdoors is
also very important for them to receive the necessary vitamin D from
the sun for the well-being and strength/density of their bones.
Always remember to remove the anklets or leg restraints while your
bird is in the flight cage, as they can get caught up on objects and
could injure themselves. Vet wrap can be used on the perches to ensure
the perches are easy on their feet, varying sized perches are always
a good idea too.
Toys and enrichment items are important for stimulation. As we mentioned,
they are the smartest birds in the world and need mental & physical
stimulation to remain happy and healthy pets.
African Pied Crows as Pets:
In aviculture, the Pied Crow requires large amounts of space and is
not suited to anything smaller than a room as it is a highly active
jumper and flyer. It can adjust to cooler climates, but shelter from
the wind and a heated perch is recommended. It requires toys and social
time, along with a good diet of vegetables and meat. A hand-raised
Pied Crow will speak and mimic sounds sometimes with alarming accuracy!
They make great companions because they form a close bond with their
owners. This type of bird is very intelligent, curious and lacks fear.
Crows can be noisy & destructive (if not stimulated), and require
a considerable amount of time to ensure the proper diet and excercise.
If you think an African Pied Crow might be the right bird for you,
contact Daniel Walthers at Winding
Woods Ranch to see if you can schedule a visit with him and
his birds. Seeing how African Pied Crows behave in their home environment
will help you decide whether or not this species is a good choice for