Monday, 2 November 2009

How many crows do you know?


I was recently going through my bird photos and came across several species of crows that I had taken so far. Here`s a quick compilation.

The Carrion Crow (Corvus corone):

This one is the most common crow in U.K. Big and completely black, almost evil looking. They are solitary birds.

Carrion Crow



The Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix):

One of the more distinctive crows, the hooded crow is closely realted to the carrion crow and was only recently classified as a separate species. I`d prefer calling them jacketed crows as they look like a crow wearing a grey jacket rather than a hood.

Hooded Crow

The Jackdaw (Corvus monedula):

This one is a small black crow with a distinctive pale eyes. It looks almost like another bird wearing a crows outfit but being given away by its eye colour! They are very sociable and quite acrobatic birds.


The Rook (Corvus frugilegus):

This one is the most odd looking, as unlike other crows, its beak is not coloured black. They are sociable birds.



House Crow (Corvus splendens):

This one is from India. It is one of the most common birds in India. It looks almost like a hooded crow mid way into turning completely black.

Large Billed / Jungle Crow (Corvus machrorynchos):

Another one from India. Less common than the house crow, they have a huge beak and are supposedly more rural in their habitat selection.


While the last two species are from India, the first four are from U.K. Some other crows I`d like to see in U.K are  the Chough (pronounced 'chuff' Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and the Raven (Corvus corax). I hope to add them on here sometime.

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