Hooded Crow

Hooded Crow

Key facts

Scientific name: Corvus cornix

Status: Resident breeding species

Breeding birds: 260,000 pairs

Conservation status: Amber

Length: 48 – 54 cm

Wingspan: 84 – 102 cm

Weight: 390 – 600 g


Hooded crows are similar to carrion crows except they have two colour plumage. They have greyish-white bodies and black wings, tails, heads and bibs.

Hooded crows have a strong black bill, dark brown eyes and dark grey legs and feet. Male and female hooded crows look similar.

Juvenile hooded crows are duller with black markings on their underparts, although some can be almost entirely black with a few grey feathers.


Hooded crows breed in colonies with nests spaced apart. Both male and female build the nest in tall trees, pylons or cliff edges and occasionally on the ground. It is cup-shaped and made from sticks, twigs and sometimes bones lined with heather and wool.

Hooded crows lay 4-5 pale blue eggs with dark spots. They are incubated by the female for 17-20 days and both parents feed the chicks which fledge between 3 and 5 weeks after hatching. They will not be independent for another 2-3 weeks and will live in the family group until the first winter.


Hooded crows are omnivorous and eat a varied diet of berries, insects, eggs of other birds and carrion.

Hooded Crow

Where to see them

Hooded crows can be found in north and west Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.


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Did you know?

Although regarded as a separate species, hooded crows have been known to breed with carrion crows where their ranges cross.

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