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Cuban palm crow

Cuban palm crow
In Najasa, Camagüey, Cuba
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Corvus
C. minutus
Binomial name
Corvus minutus
Gundlach, 1852

The Cuban palm crow (Corvus minutus) is a relatively small corvid that is endemic to the Caribbean island of Cuba.


The Cuban palm crow was formally described in 1852 under the binomial name Corvus minutus by the German born ornithologist Juan Gundlach.[1] The species is monotypic: no subspecies are recognised.[2] The Cuban palm crow was formerly treated as a subspecies of the Hispaniolan palm crow (Corvus palmarum).[2][3][4]

The following cladogram is based on phylogenetic study of the Corvidae by Knud Jønsson and collaborators that was published in 2012.[5]

Hispaniolan palm crow, Corvus palmarum

Cuban palm crow, Corvus minutus

Fish crow, Corvus ossifragus

Sinaloa crow, Corvus sinaloae

Tamaulipas crow, Corvus imparatus


  1. ^ Gundlach, John (1852). "Description of five new species of birds, and other ornithological notes of Cuban species". Boston Journal of Natural History. 6 (3): 313–319 [315].
  2. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2023). "Crows, mudnesters, birds-of-paradise". IOC World Bird List Version 13.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 6 November 2023.
  3. ^ Chesser, R.T.; Billerman, S.M.; Burns, K.J.; Cicero, C.; Dunn, J.L.; Hernández-Baños, B.E.; Jiménez, R.A.; Kratter, A.W.; Mason, N.A.; Rasmussen, P.C.; Remsen, J.V.J.; Winker, K. (2023). "Sixty-fourth supplement to the American Ornithological Society's Check-list of North American Birds". Ornithology. 140 (3): 1–11. doi:10.1093/ornithology/ukad023.
  4. ^ Garrido, O.H.; Reynard, G.B.; Kirkconnell, A. (1997). "Is the palm crow, Corvus palmarum (Aves: Corvidae), a monotypic species?". Ornitologia Neotropical. 8: 15–21.
  5. ^ Jønsson, K.A.; Fabre, P.-H.; Irestedt, M. (2012). "Brains, tools, innovation and biogeography in crows and ravens". BMC Evolutionary Biology. 12 (1): 72. Bibcode:2012BMCEE..12...72J. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-12-72. PMC 3480872. PMID 22642364.

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