Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Hooded Crow

The hooded crow (Corvus cornix) (also called hoodie in Scotland) is a Eurasian bird species in the Corvus genus. Widely distributed, it is also known locally as Scotch crow and Danish crow. In Ireland it is called caróg liath or grey crow, just as in the Slavic languages and in Danish. In German it is called "mist crow" ("Nebelkrähe"). Found across Northern, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, as well as parts of the Middle East, it is an ashy grey bird with black head, throat, wings, tail, and thigh feathers, as well as a black bill, eyes, and feet. Like other corvids, it is an omnivorous and opportunistic forager and feeder.

It is so similar in morphology and habits to the carrion crow (Corvus corone), for many years they were considered by most authorities to be geographical races of one species. Hybridization observed where their ranges overlapped added weight to this view. However, since 2002, the hooded crow has been elevated to full species status after closer observation; the hybridisation was less than expected and hybrids had decreased vigour. Within the hooded crow species, four subspecies are recognized, with one, the Mesopotamian crow, possibly distinct enough to warrant species status itself.


  1. It is endlessly fascinating to study the differences that make for distinct species.

  2. While I am not happy about the early morning racket those of the crow family make near my house sometimes (waking me up before time, which is never a good idea!), I really like all corvae and think they are great birds.

  3. They are remarkably clever birds too. For ll that I don't like them very much.

  4. Beautiful photos, and I am more or less a fan of all corvae species, too.

    In Dutch we name this crow the 'bonte kraai', 'bont' litteraly meaning 'colourful'.


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