British wildlife recordings
Corvus corone : Carrion Crow - Corvidae
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Culver, Devon: OS Grid Reference(284500,90500)
Carrion Crow, Corvus corone
This is the call of the Carrion crow recorded in a garden at Culver, near Exeter, Devon. The glossy black apparition of the Carrion crow has, together with the Raven, been regarded as a symbol of ill omen and superstition. However this crow is one of Britain's most successful and intelligent birds. Bold in attitude although alert and wary, it ventures to any place where food can be found. It is witnessed mainly on its own or in pairs, satisfying an appetite for carrion, insects, worms, fruit, seeds and scraps. Both the male and female build a nest that is usually placed high in the fork of a tree. This large construction is made of twigs, which is compacted with earth and delicately lined inside with wool and hair. Four to six eggs are laid in March or April, ranging in colour from light blue to green with dark speckling. The hen incubates the eggs and is largely responsible for rearing the brood. The Carrion crow is distributed throughout England and eastern Scotland. The Hooded crow resides in Ireland and west Scotland and has, until recently, been classed as a sub-species of the Carrion crow. Differing only in the fact that it possesses grey back and underparts, this race has now been given the status of being a separate species.