A hooded crow in winter

Hooded crow

Hooded crows have a folkloric reputation as harbingers of danger. They are very closely related to the carrion crow and the two species sometimes interbreed. Hooded crows are opportunists, eating whatever is available - berries, shellfish, eggs, insects and carrion. They are very smart and have been seen to drop shells from a great height to smash them open, and to pull in fishing lines to steal the catch or the bait.

Scientific name: Corvus cornix

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Corbie,
  • Danish crow,
  • Grey crow,
  • Hoodie,
  • Royston crow,
  • Scotch crow

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The Hooded crow can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, Europe, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Hooded crow distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web