Species: Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

Family: Crows (CORVIDAE)

Category: Birds

Location: NW

A. Birds

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Who could not admire the crows? They are intelligent and adaptable, some being users of tools, and they will exploit any food source, plant or animal, living or dead. They have stout beaks, are long-lived, and are generally monogamous. They may not be the world's most tuneful songsters, but their scavenging activities make them most useful in both urban and rural areas.
The number of crows seen together has various connotations in folklore depending on which part of the country the superstitions come from. Crows have long been scavengers on battlefields, and this may be the reason why their appearance elsewhere was regarded as ominous, usually portentous of death or ill luck.

C. Carrion Crow (Corvus corone)

No other urban bird messes with the Carrion Crow. It will feed on anything edible and is a hugely successful resident breeder. With a population of 1.1 million pairs in 2016 its conservation status is GREEN. Much the same superstitions that apply to other crows apply to the Carrion Crows, although their confident strut suggests they couldn't care less. However, because of the scavenging habits of this bird, the phrase 'to eat crow' means to be humbled.