Wildlife in Italy: Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix

Wildlife in Italy: Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix

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Systematic classification and distribution

Class: Birds
Order: Passeriformi
Family: Crows
Kind: Corvus
Species: crowns
Subspecies: cornix

Species present both in Europe and in Asia. In Italy it is present everywhere and also breeder.

Hooded Crow (website photo)

Hooded crow (photo

Distinctive characters

Weight 450-600 gr. The plumage, in both sexes, appears light gray with black head, neck, wings and tail. Beak and black legs.


The environments frequented by the Hooded Crow are very varied as long as they are scattered with trees, hedges and groves which are used as observation, resting and nesting points. Unlike Gazza and Ghiandaia, it is gregarious and has a very hierarchical social structure. Males constantly defend their social position while females can raise their social level only through marriage. The nest is built in March-April, on trees or shrubs near other nests. 4-7 eggs are laid which are hatched by the female, while the male feeds them for 18-20 days. The children who are cared for by both parents by regurgitation are able to leave the nest after about a month but remain united to the family throughout the following winter. Monogamous species, with an annual brood. The very varied diet (fruit, vegetables, eggs, carrion etc.) has made this species ubiquitous.

curated by Sauro Giannerini

Video: Klepetava vrana Noisy crow 6 3 09 (August 2022).