Crows - Corvidae

Carrion Crow Corvus corone: known in France as la Corneille noire. This is a large and ubiquitous species, neat looking and entirely black. The tail is square cut and the birds fly slowly and deliberately. It caws loudly, often giving 3 in succession. Often seen in company with Rooks C. frugilegus and Jackdaws C. monedula foraging on fields. The photo below was taken in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris, June.


  1. In the centre of France it appears the it is the crows that nest in "Croweries".... There are very few magpies and even fewer rooks. The Jackdaws tree nest with the crows... probably rebuilding old crow nests.
    There is a "Crowery" of around 200 mixed jackdaw and crow nests in the poplar plantation next to the Moulin de Chevernay and they overfly us most evenings in batches of ten to fifty birds.
    We've seen two "parliaments" since we've been living here permanently... using the trees along the riverbank at the etang end... that was an impressive sight as it included crows from all directions... the trees were black with birds!

  2. I've certainly noticed how few magpies there are, but there seems to me to be a reasonable population of rooks. The communal nesting of the crows is interesting and they do seem to be more social than in Britain.

  3. Susan... as if to coincide with your entry... Auntie Beeb has just broadcast a programme about Corvid intelligence... it is called Feathered Apes and is "available to listen"... which usually means it will be around for a while. It was fascinating.