Russian: Серая ворона
Mongolian: Саарал хэрээ
length: 44-51 cm
swan: 84-100 cm
Breeds in open
woodland, on moors and wooded shores, in tree clumps in farming areas and in
larger town parks. Resident in large parts of Europe, but many Finnish and
Russian birds migrate in winter to Sweden and the North Sea countries.
Hybridizes with Carrion Crow (see below) in a narrow zone of contact. Vigilant
and shy with good reason, for is an outlaw in most countries. Omnivore, robs
other birds’ nests, takes refuse and carrion, insects and other invertebrates
on fields and seashores (incl. small fish, mussels etc), berries, seeds etc.
Builds open stick nest in tree crown, usually well concealed.
Size of Rook and similar in shape, but recognized immediately by bicoloured
plumage with dirty light grey body and black wings and tail along with black
head and straggly black bib down to breast (sf. House Crow, p. 368). Flight is
rather apathetic, almost sloppy, the wing-beats a little hesitant and without
any bite (unlike Jackdaw’s somewhat deeper and more resolute beats). Often
files high up. Flock formation generally loose.