Native range: The house crow is native to mainland India (where it is found in cities, towns and villages, even far inland), Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan to southern Afghanistan and coastal southern Iran. Eastwards from Bangladesh through Myanmar to western Thailand. Southward throughout India to Sri Lanka. One subspecies is native to the Maldives.
Known introduced range: After first releases in Zanzibar by 1897 the species has spread to all the countries on the East-African coast as well as most of the Indian Ocean island states and Socotra (Yemen). Regular occurrence in all countries on the Arabian Peninsula and north Egypt and sites in Israel and Jordan. The small Hoek van Holland population and establishment of a satellite colony at den Haag in the Netherlands are the first cases of the species breeding in a temperate climatic region (Nyari Ryall and Peterson 2006). In South-East Asia introduced to West-Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Single individuals are recorded occasionally from all over the world, eg: Australia, Sumatra (Indonesia), B.I.O.T. (UKOT), Tangiers (Morocco), Gibraltar (UKOT), Florida (USA), Barbados, Punta Arenas (Chile) (Ryall 1994, 2002). Given the apparently excellent dispersal capabilities of this species some areas predicted as potentially suitable for the establishment of the house crow are West and equatorial Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America (Nyari Ryall and Peterson 2006).
Please visit The House Crow Monitor: Corvus splendens for the latest information on the range expansion of the house crow. This web site is part of a 25 year old programme to monitor the continuing world-wide invasion of the house crow, as well as its status in places where it has already established