Tamaulipas crow
Corvus imparatus

The Tamaulipas crow (Corvus imparatus ) is a crow found in northeastern Mexico and southern Texas.


It is a relatively small and sleek looking crow, 34–38 centimetres (13–15 in) in length. It has very glossy dark, bluish plumage, which appears soft and silky. The bill is quite slender and black, as are the legs and feet. The Chihuahuan raven, a much larger and very different bird, is the only crow it commonly occurs alongside.



Biogeographical realms

Occurring in a relatively small area in northeastern Mexico, it inhabits near desert scrub and bushland and includes farms, small towns and villages in its range. It also occurs in more humid woodland in open areas but does not appear to be found in the higher mountains or along the seashore. It is a sociable bird often forming large flocks, moving together in close groups. Its northern range reaches Brownsville in southern Texas where it has been known to nest.

Tamaulipas crow habitat map
Tamaulipas crow habitat map

Diet and Nutrition

Food would appear to be mainly insects taken on the ground though eggs and nestlings are taken in trees as well as many fruits and berries.

Mating Habits

The nest is similar to the American crow but smaller and is built in a tree or large bush.


1. Tamaulipas crow Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamaulipas_crow
2. Tamaulipas crow on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22705996/137723972
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/49917

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