Carrion Crow – Corvus corone

Distinguished by its all-over black plumage, and its piercing call, the Carrion Crow is the comic of the crow family, and it will always have a natural curiosity when it encounter strange objects. It is also notorious as an egg-thief, which casts it in a bad light. Naturally more intelligent than most birds, it learns quickly and can crack open shells like mussels by dropping them from a height onto a hard surface to feed on the soft flesh inside.

Having a wide choice of food it feed on eggs, worms, insects, fruit, seeds, snails, frogs and carrion.

It can be seen almost anywhere all year round. Common and widespread, but absent from the north-west of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.