Mobile bird identification
Adult Male and Female
The Hooded Crow is a large glossy black and light grey bird with a broad flat topped head and a thick powerful bill. In flight it has wide square wings and square tail. Very similar to the Carrion Crow except large parts of it's body are light grey.
Hooded Crow Corvus cornix
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Resident breeder across most of Europe. In the UK is found only in very North and West of Scotland. Also found in Ireland and the Isle of Man. UK numbers increase in winter when migrants arrive from the continent.
A bird of farmland parks, gardens and towns the Hooded Crow can be found in almost any habitat within it's range.
The Hooded Crow is now considered a separate species to the Carrion Crow however they do breed with each other where the birds ranges cross. The birds call, shape and features are identical except for the grey colouration of the Hooded Crow.
Species: C. cornix
Flock of Hooded Crow feeding
Flat topped head
Thick heavy curved bill
Square wings and tail
Tight smooth feathers on underside
Pale grey body
Note the features of this bird are identical to the Carrion Crow except the pale grey body feathers, where the birds ranges cross they will frequently breed leading to birds with mixed colouration.
Round tail, pointed wings, medium size, pointed bill.
Greyish colour, small size, short wings.
Diamond tail, fingered wings, long neck, largest crow.
Square tail, medium size, short neck.
Square tail, medium size, short neck, grey body.