Quick facts

Common names: hooded crow

Scientific name: Corvus cornix

Family: Corvidae (crows)

Habitat: towns, gardens, woodland, farmland

Diet: carrion, insects, grain, eggs

Predators: no known natural predators

Origin: native

What do hooded crows look like?

The hooded crow is a striking sight; grey in colour with a black head, wings and tail. It measures around 46cm in length and has a thick, curved beak, dark brown eyes and scaly feet.

Not to be confused with: the carrion crow, which is fully black in colour.

What do hooded crows eat?

Hooded crows are omnivores, eating a diet made up of carrion, insects, grain and eggs. They will steal eggs from other birds’ nests and are also known to eat chicks on occasion. They can often be seen feeding together in groups.

Hooded crow nest with three  chicks

Credit: John Cancasoli / naturepl.com

How do hooded crows breed?

These birds build their large nests in tall trees, old buildings and cliff edges. They usually have one brood made up of 3-6 eggs, which hatch after around 18 days of incubation. Chicks are ready to fledge after a month.

Where do hooded crows live?

Hooded crows can be found in woodland, farmland, towns and gardens in North and West Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Winter migrants from Scandinavia are sometimes spotted in eastern England and eastern Scotland.

Signs and spotting tips

Hooded crows are more social than carrion crows; look out for groups of these birds foraging in fields for food.

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