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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

White-necked Raven

Afrikaans name: Withalskraai

White-necked Raven in iMfolozi Game Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Corvus albicollis

The White-necked Raven is a large bird with a biggish bill. It is all black except for a white patch on the back of the neck.

This bird is found over most of the southern and eastern regions of South Africa. Further north it occurs up to Tanzania.

This bird will eat just about anything. Smaller mammals, tortoises and other reptiles, birds, insects and even some plants find their way on to the menu of the White-necked Raven.

White-necked Ravens breed on ledges on cliffs or in a hole in a rock face. They normally lay 4 eggs.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 41

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 72

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 159

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 45

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 152

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 412

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 482

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 476

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 306

List of South African Birds

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