Corvus moriorum (Forbes)

Chatham Islands Crow (Corvus moriorum)

The Chatham Islands Crow was described in 1892; it is known from subfossil remains.

The species was very large, almost the size of an European Raven (Corvus corax L.).

It seems that this species was mainly living along the shores, inhabiting the colonies of sea birds, penguins and the now extinct Chatham Islands Fur Seals (Arctocephalus sp.), since most of the remains were found just there.



[1] Trevor H. Worthy, Richard N. Holdaway: The Lost World of the Moa, Prehistoric Life of New Zealand. Indiana University Press, Bloomington 2002


edited: 10.01.2024