Crow (Corvus corone)
A popular sight in the UK in towns, cities, woodlands and even at the seashore, the Crow (Corvus corone) is very similar in appearance to the hooded crow and of similar size to the Rook – but its feathers have a green, blue and purple sheen rather than being full black and it has neatly feathered thighs.
All crows are thought to have been named for their ‘crow’ cry, the carrion crow has a harsh, croaky call and is rather noisy, giving a series of calls in quick succession.
In winter these crows can be found in large communal roosts but they are generally solitary, preferring to be alone or in a lifelong pair. They are known to be quite sedentary, not venturing far from the nest but they are active, successful hunters often harassing other animals for their kills.
These are clever, adaptable birds and can appear fearless of other birds and animals and of our pets! They are wary of people to an extent but will enter our gardens looking for food, taking advantage of anything on offer.
They mate at around three years old and pair for life. Even once the young are fledged and able to leave the nest they are known to stay near their parents and help raise subsequent young.
Crows are generally not an animal that needs pest control but on occasion, their numbers can be great and they can cause damage to crops and such.