Hooded Crow

Irish Name: Caróg liath
Scientific name: Corvus cornix
Bird Family: Crows
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Conservation status

Status

Common resident throughout Ireland.

Identification

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.

Voice

A variety of loud calls, including a harsh “kraa”, as well as a repeated knocking sound which acts as a “song”.

Diet

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.

Breeding

A widespread and common breeding species in most habitats in Ireland.

Wintering

Largely sedentary within their territories, though large flocks may gather in the evenings at traditional post-breeding roost sites.

Monitored by

Countryside Bird Survey and the Garden Bird Survey.

Similar Species

Rook

Irish Name:
Rúcach
Scientific name:
Corvus frugilegus
Bird Family:
Crows

Raven

Irish Name:
Fiach dubh
Scientific name:
Corvus corax
Bird Family:
Crows