Hooded Crow

Corvus cornix


Once thought to be the same species, the Hooded Crow replaces the Carrion Crow in north Scotland, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. In areas where the two species overlap, hybridisation can occur with individuals showing mixed plumage. Like Carrion Crows, Hooded Crows feed on carrion, invertebrates and grain, as well as stealing eggs from other birds' nests. They are more sociable than Carrion Crows, and may be seen feeding in groups. Breeding populations are joined by winter visitors from Scandinavia.

How to identify

Unmistakeable: Hooded Crows are grey, with a black head, tail and wings.

Where to find it

Found in north-west Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, will move South at winter


When to find it

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

How can people help

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Species information

Common name
Hooded Crow
Latin name
Corvus cornix
Crows and shrikes
Length: 47cm Wingspan: 98cm Weight: 510g
Conservation status