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Carrion Crow


Scientific Name: Corvus corone

IUCN World Conservation Status: LEAST CONCERN

The carrion crow is one of the cleverest, most adaptable birds found in the UK.

A territorial species, they can be fairly solitary, although non-breeding birds can form small flocks. Their adaptability can make them appear quite fearless. This bird is noisy, often perching on the top of trees, calling three or four times in quick succession, with a slight pause between each series of croaks.

Colin came to Harewood when he was young. Fallen from a nest and hand reared, he was then donated to the Harewood Bird Garden. He is particularly friendly and enjoys meeting new people.

Where in the world?

Native to large parts of Europe and Asia.

Threats in the wild


Often found around humans, carrion crows occupy a diverse range of habitats including farms, fields, waterways, beaches and estuaries,
uplands and woodlands.


Crows are opportunistic scavengers by nature. Their diet includes carrion, insects, worms, seeds, fruit and any scraps. Crows will also harass birds of prey or even foxes for their kills.


Their bulky stick nest is usually placed in a tall tree, but cliff ledges, old buildings and pylons may be used as well. It is not uncommon for an offspring from previous years to stay around and help rear the new hatchlings.