Hooded crow

Hooded Crow

©Margaret Holland

Hooded crow

Scientific name: Corvus cornix
The hooded crow was thought to be the same species as the carrion crow, but they have now been separated. Less widespread than its cousin, look for it in North Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Species information


Length: 46cm
Wingspan: 98cm
Weight: 510g
Average lifespan: est. 4 years

Conservation status

Classified in the UK as Green under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015).

When to see

January to December


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 dead animals, 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

The hooded crow an unmistakeable crow. It is grey, with a black head, tail and wings.


Found in the north-west of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man; may move further south in winter.

Did you know?

Like Carrion Crows, 'Hoodies' are adaptable and clever birds; in Finland, they have been seen to reel in fishing lines that have been left in holes in the ice to obtain fish.

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