The hooded crow is similar in size to the carrion crow and rook but is easily distinguished by its grey back and breast. It is closely related to the carrion crow, which until recently was regarded as the same species. In areas where the two species overlap there may be some interbreeding with hybrids showing a mixed grey and black body plumage. Like carrion crows, hoodies also feed on dead animals. Unlike crows they can be more sociable in the feeding habits and groups of them may be seen together in fields.
Where to see it:
In the UK and Ireland, hooded crows prefer open country with scattered trees and rocky crags, moorlands, inland and coastal cliffs, woodland and forest edges, and mountains.
Found in N and W Scotland, N Ireland and on the Isle of Man, where it replaces the carrion crow. Outside the breeding season it is found across the breeding range and is also found, but scarce, in E Scotland and even rarer down the eastern side of England. Most of the winter visitors come fron Scandinavia.
Hoodies are omnivorous - includes carrion