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Adult Male and Female

The Carrion Crow is a large glossy black bird with a broad flat topped head and a thick powerful bill. In flight it has wide square wings and square tail.

Carrion Crow

Corvus corone
Crow and Starling Menu
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Common resident breeder across most of Southern Europe and up to Denmark.

A bird of farmland parks, gardens and towns the Carrion Crow can be found almost anywhere.
The Carrion Crow tends to be less likely to flock than other crows however in winter it sometimes roosts in large numbers. It's diet is very broad but it is particularly fond of carrion and scavenging and can often be found near rubbish tips in towns or in parks looking for dropped food. When not scavenging it is a ferocious predator of fledglings and can often be seen sitting quietly, patiently watching the movements of breeding birds for any indication of a nesting site.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Corvidae

Genus:  Corvus

Species: C. corone
Carrion Crow feeding.
Further reading...
Carrion Crow identification
Carrion Crow flying tail open
Carrion Crow flying
Thick heavy curved bill
Glossy black body
Tight smooth feathers on underside (Rook has ragged feathers)
Flat topped head
Square wings and tail
Adult Carrion Crow
Note the heavy black bill and flat topped head of this Carrion Crow. The underside of this bird is smooth without ragged feathers like the Rook.
Crow comparison
Raven flying
Carrion Crow flying
Carrion Crow flying tail open
Rook flying
Rook flying with rounded tail
Jackdaw soaring
Jackdaw flying
Round tail, pointed wings, medium size, pointed bill.
Greyish colour, small size, short wings.
Carrion Crow
Diamond tail, fingered wings, long neck, largest crow.
Group of Ravens flying
Square tail, medium size, short neck.
Hooded Crow
Square tail, medium size, short neck, grey body.
Hooded Crow flying
Hooded Crow flying from side