Carrion Crow
Corvus corone

RSPB Conservation Status – Green

Last seen – 5-3-23

The Carrion Crow, or Corvus corone, is a large and intelligent bird that is native to the United Kingdom.

These birds are known for their distinct black plumage and their raucous cawing calls that can often be heard echoing through the countryside.




Population – 1,000,000 breeding pairs

Length – 45 – 51 cm

Wingspan – 93 – 104 cm

Weight – 350 – 650 g


Carrion Crows typically breed between March and June, building their nests in trees or on buildings.

The female lays a clutch of 3-6 eggs, which she incubates for around 18-20 days.

The chicks are fed by both parents and fledge from the nest after around 30-35 days.


Carrion Crows are adaptable birds that can thrive in a variety of habitats.

They are commonly found in woodlands, where they nest in trees, but they can also be found in farmland and urban areas.

Carrion Crows are particularly common in coastal areas, where they feed on marine invertebrates.



Carrion Crows are opportunistic feeders and will eat a wide variety of food, including insects, small mammals, birds, and carrion.

They are also known to raid the nests of other birds, stealing eggs and chicks.

In urban areas, Carrion Crows are known to scavenge for food, often feeding on rubbish and discarded food.

If you have seen a Carrion Crow, please let us know via our survey page.