Scientific Name: Corvus capensis Habitat:
It generally favours open habitats with scattered trees, such as open savanna woodland and grassland, but it is also common in semi arid shrubland, alien plantations and farmlands.
It has two separate populations – one in East Africa and the other from Angola to southern Africa. Here it is common in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, largely absent from the Kalahari and Mozambique.
Omnivorous, feeding on a wide range of animals and plants. It mainly forages on the ground, searching the bases of plants and responding to any temporary abundance of food, such as termite alate emergences.
The female does most of the nest construction, while the male collect the materials. It consists of a large cup of sticks and twigs, thickly lined with soft material such as feathers, fur, sheep’s wool, dry dung, string and cloth. It is usually placed in the sleder branches of a tall shrub ,especially Rhigozum obovatum (Granaatbos) in the Karoo, but also in Acacia and Eucalyptus trees, utility poles and rarely cliff edges.
It lays 1-6, usually 3 eggs, which are incubate by both sexes for about 18-19 days.
The chicks are cared for by both parents, leaving the nest at about 26-39 days old and becoming independent roughly 6 months later.