Hooded Crow

Hooded Crow

Scientific name: Corvus cornix

Did you know: The Hooded Crow, known for its striking grey and black plumage, was only classified as a distinct species separate from the Carrion Crow in 2002.

What Do Hooded Crows Look Like? (how to identify them)

Hooded Crows, or ‘hoodies’ as they’re affectionately known, stand out with their contrasting grey and black feathers. These birds, part of the Corvus genus, showcase an ashy grey body set against a black head, wings, and tail. You can spot them by their dark brown irises and sleek black beaks.

Differences Between Male And Female Hooded Crows

Male and female Hooded Crows are almost identical in appearance, with the main distinction being size – males are generally larger. Apart from this, both sexes share the same striking plumage.

What Do Hooded Crows Eat?

Omnivorous by nature, Hooded Crows have a diet comprising carrion, invertebrates, grains, eggs, and smaller birds. They’re known to be opportunistic feeders, often scavenging for food in diverse environments.

Where Do Hooded Crows Live? (inc. migration info)

Hooded Crows have a broad habitat range, stretching from Northern and Eastern Europe to parts of the Middle East. In the UK, they’re primarily found in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man. 

Migration patterns of these birds are intriguing, with some migrating to the British Isles from Scandinavia during the colder months.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Hooded Crows)

The vocalisations of Hooded Crows are similar to the Carrion Crow but are distinguished by a slightly softer tone. Their ‘cawing’ is a familiar sound across their habitats.

Fun Hooded Crow Facts (kid friendly)

  • Hooded Crows can use tools and solve problems with their intelligence.
  • They have a unique way of breaking open shells by dropping them from heights.
  • These birds are known to remember human faces.
  • Juvenile Hooded Crows have a distinct pinkish-red interior in their beaks.
  • In folklore, they are often associated with magic and mystery.

Facts About The Hooded Crow

Diet: Omnivorous - includes carrion, invertebrates, grain, eggs, and young birds.
Bird Family: Crows
Length: 45-47cm
Wingspan: 93-104cm
Weight: 370-650g
Scientific Name: Corvus cornix

The Hooded Crow Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December