Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Hooded Crow (Corvus cornix)

OTHER NAMES: Hoodie, Scotch Crow, Danish Crow
Latin Etymology: Corvus ("raven") cornix ("crow")
Hooded Crow (subspecies C. c. cornixat Capo Porco di Porco, Sicily, Italy - May 2018

Local Name (Austria): Nebelkrähe - "Fog Crow"
Featured Subspecies:  Corvus cornix cornix
Weight: 510g
Length: 48-52cm
Wingspan: 98cm
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Hooded Crow is a close relation of the Carrion Crow, and they they tend to be dispersed throughout Europe in such a way as that usually one species replaces the other in any one place with a bit of overlap.  In the British Isles, Hooded Crows are found in North West Scotland, the Isle of Man and Ireland, but the bulk of their range is throughout Eastern Europe.  I have made attempts to see vagrant Hooded Crows before, but this individual was seen at Vienna airport while waiting for a plane.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Corvus
Subspecies: C. c. cornix, C. c. pallescens, C. c. sharpii, C. c. capellanus

 - Sighting Locations -
AUSTRIA - Common breeding resident
 - TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP - STOPOVER: Two birds seen at Vienna Airport 
ITALY - An fairly common resident
 - SICILY 2018 TRIP -  Fairly common - seen at Capo Murro di Porco and Mount Etna.

Further Notes: ArkiveBirdForum OpusIUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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