October 31, 2015 – White-necked Crow (Corvus leucognaphalus)

Found in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, these crows also lived in Puerto Rico until the 1960s. They are named for the white at the base of their neck feathers, a feature that is difficult to see when the feathers lie flat. Their diet is mostly made up of fruits and seeds, along with occasional large insects and small vertebrates. They are known for their wide variety of calls, including squawking and babbling sounds. Classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, their population has declined due to habitat loss and hunting. The Pearly-eyed Thrasher, a nest predator of the crows, is also thought to have contributed to their decline and may still be a threat.