As The Crow Flies

When I was out in Germany I noticed that the crows did not look quite the same as those I am used to back in the UK.  I didn’t get good sightings to start with but when I did I realised these were Hooded Crows (Corvus cornix)

Hooded Crow, Berlin

In the UK this species is mostly restricted to northern Scotland and Ireland.  The odd bird will wander south in the winter.  The crow I am more used to is the Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) which is entirely black.  It is not many years ago that these two were, in this Country, treated as variants of the same species.  The crow family is not everyone’s favourite and perhaps with some justification.  Most often they are seen living up to their carrion name, scavenging on road kill.  They are very adept at this and will fly up at the last second so as not to become the main course!  They do however prey on the nests of other birds.  Populations of corvids has grown in recent years and with very few natural predators this is causing a slight imbalance.

Gothic horror style?

31 thoughts on “As The Crow Flies

  1. Short of light play I was immediately intrigued at the lighter body coloring. As you indicated, not your normal Crow and one that we do not have over here. We get the all black variety (along with their more colorful family members). Based on what I can tell from some quick research, these Hoods are slightly larger than our American version – of course if ours ever need to bring the heavy down on a creature giving them hassle, they pick up the phone and make a call to their Raven friends ha! Thanks for sharing a completely new bird I have never even heard of before your post. Looks like we both fell on black days hehehe.

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    1. Given the choice I’ll take the crow over your vultures any day! We don’t get Ravens in this part of the Country but while on holiday in Scotland many years ago I watched a pair mobbing a Golden Eagle! The Eagle stood so much then turned on the Ravens, they fled with their tails between their legs!

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  2. Nice flight photo, Brian. I also saw my first Hooded Crow in Berlin, right in front of the Reichstag, on the lawn. I really like corvids, even if I don’t necessarily enjoy watching them eat dead animals, but this way everything gets recycled. And they are sooo smart!

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      1. I wrote oodles of these doggerels* and Spouse illustrated them; but alas … ’twas not to be.

        * Get it? ‘Dog’ gerels … oh, I slay me! Boom boom~!

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  3. When we lived in Germany, it was a surprise to see crows which were not all black, as we were accustomed to in the United States. Different appearance, same very intelligent birds!

    Here in Florida, we have two resident Corvid species: American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus). Very similar in looks, the calls are very distinctive and they each prefer different habitat (although some overlap is frequent).

    Love the Gothic treatment!

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