The Carrion Crow is a medium-sized member of the Crow Family. It can be seen in a variety of places such as city centres, towns, woodlands, moorlands, farmlands, sea cliffs, open fields, parks and gardens. Although Carrion Crows sometimes fly into gardens, they still seem to be quite shy and nervous garden visitors.
The Carrion Crow is an all black bird which means its feathers, beak, legs and feet are all black. In strong light its glossy black feathers have a slight purple or green sheen to them. It can be recognised from other black birds because it has brown coloured eyes and neat little feathers around the base of its beak. The Carrion Crow has a powerful black beak which is slightly curved at the top.
Carrion Crows are sometimes called ‘thieves’ because they steal eggs and chicks from other birds. They also eat mice, voles, worms, beetles, seeds, grain, fruit and even dead animals. Carrion Crows are not as sociable as other members of the Crow family and can be seen flying alone, although pairs are more common. Sometimes Carrion Crows join flocks of Rooks and young Carrion Crows form small flocks in summer before flying off to find homes of their own.