Crows - Hooded Crows - Hebridean Birds

Western Isles Birds - Crow - Hooded Crows. The hooded crows are very common birds here in The Western Isles.

These crows are are light-grey with black wings and tail, a black head and untidy black bib down to its breast.

The bill and legs are black; the iris dark brown. The male is the larger bird, otherwise the sexes are alike
Hooded Crow -  Western Isles Bird Sightings
Bird Overview - Hooded Crows
Family
Crows and allies (Corvidae)
Latin name
Corvus cornix

 Population
Common


Similar Species
Carrion Crow
Description
The hooded crows are very common birds here in The Western Isles - they are light-grey with black wings and tail, a black head and untidy black bib down to its breast.

The bill and legs are black; the iris dark brown.The male is the larger bird, otherwise the sexes are alike

Size
540g - Length 19 - 20 ins (48 - 52cms) Wingspan is 98 cm (39 in)
Habitat
The hooded crows are birds that like open woodland, moors, agricultural land where there are groups of trees, town parks and shores where there are woodlands
Food
These birds are omnivorous and like a wide variety of food, including insects, molluscs, eggs from other birds' nests, berries and fish. On coastal cliffs the eggs of gulls cormorants and other birds are stolen when their owners are absent.

Voice
The crows calls are a recognisable kaaaw sound.
Breeding
When the crows are first hatched the young are much blacker than the parents. Juveniles have duller plumage with bluish or greyish eyes and initially a red mouth.

The nest is a bulky stick nest - can be on a tall tree, cliff ledges or old buildings, seaweed is often interwoven in the structure - animal bones are also frequently used.

There are usually four to six brown-speckled blue eggs. Incubation is 17 - 19 days by the female alone - the male just feeds the female crow. They fledge 32 - 36 days


Misc. Info
The hooded crow .was for a long time regarded as a subspecies of the carrion crow - however in 2002 the British Ornithologists' Union decided that this bird was a species in its own right. THe two species do interbreed - but it is generally accepted that the hybrids are less well adapted than the thoroughbred birds.

Hooded crows are perceived as a threat to livestock, as they are believed to kill and injure young lambs and trapped sheep


These birds like all crows only moult once - this is in the autumn. These crows have been recorded as living up to 16 years.

The Hooded Crow is associated with fairies in the Scottish highlands
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