|Irish Name:||Caróg liath|
|Scientific name:||Corvus cornix|
Common resident throughout Ireland.
Slightly larger than a Rook. Ages and sexes are similar in appearance. The head, throat and breast are black, as are the wings and tail. The rest of the body can appear either a rather cold grey or buffish gerey-brown depending on the light. Flight action when relaxed is rather weak, however is quick to pusue rators from nest site. Frequently glides and performs aerobatics on windy days.
A variety of loud calls, including a harsh “kraa”, as well as a repeated knocking sound which acts as a “song”.
Omnivorous - including seeds, insects, carrion, young birds and eggs. In coastal areas, will take crabs and molluscs, which may be dropped from a height to crack the hard shell.
A widespread and common breeding species in most habitats in Ireland.
Largely sedentary within their territories, though large flocks may gather in the evenings at traditional post-breeding roost sites.
Countryside Bird Survey and the Garden Bird Survey.
Very common and widespread in Ireland.
Resident all year round.