Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Carrion Crow
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Corvus corvus corone
- Carrion Crow
- Corvus corvus corone
- WI: Scarce (very small numbers recorded in most years) visitor
The Hooded Crow is very similar in structure and habit, and closely related to the Carrion Crow. Sometimes they interbreed, the hybrids showing mixed grey and black plumage.
Until recently the Hooded Crows were considered a geographical variation of Carrion Crows, in 2002 it was decided to separate the species because they do not interbreed frequently, and the hybrids (although fertile) lack vigour.
In the back issues of RSPB Birds magazine there is a series of articles about crow antics. Someone wrote about how they had seen a Carrion Crow pick up a piece of slate in it's beak, put it on the centre of their perspex skylight dome, jump on it and slide down SEVERAL TIMES.
Andy sent in a set of photos of a Hooded Crow playing ball.
Carrion Crow records in the Western Isles
Scarce (very small numbers recorded in most years) visitor
(The Hooded Crow is a fairly common resident breeder in Lewis, Harris and Barra).
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)
The chart below shows how abundant the Carrion Crow is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
Other local bird photographs
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