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Birds at
Paradise

Carrion Crow

Very intelligent bird, capable of using and making tools, colour and face recognition. This crow starts to breed at three years of age. Pairs, once formed, last for life.

Courtship involves mutual preening, and a rapid head-bowing display by the male. Breeding pairs are very territorial, and create solitary nests in trees, bushes or on cliffs. The nest consists of thick branches and twigs intertwined with pegs, rags, paper, bones and other odd objects, held together with mud and dung and lined with wool, hair and grass.

DID YOU KNOW? Carrion crows have an odd obsession with fire and, though otherwise known for their intelligence, have been known to carry burning material back to their nests.

 

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Carcasses, eggs, insects, small vertebrates, molluscs, and even vegetables and grains.
Corvidae
7 - 8 years wild
30 years captivity
Least Concern
Great Britain, south of the Great Glen in northern Scotland.
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