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Hooded Crow

Corvus corone cornix

A brood of hooded crows. Photo Jan Nyman.

General information. The hooded crow has adapted to a life as a neighbor to human settlements, in a variety of biotopes. They mainly nest in urban areas, cities and rural environments. A small part of the nesting population inhabits the archipelago and odd pairs can be found in distant forest areas and moors. The nesting population in Finland has decreased over the past few years.

  • Length 50 cm
  • Nests in trees
  • Primarily sedentary species
  • Omnivorous species. Feeds on carrion, fish, bird eggs and nestlings, insects and earthworms, grain, seeds and scraps

Habitat. The hooded crow thrives in every type of biotopes. It is most common in cultural landscape areas but can also be found nesting in uniform forest areas and the archipelago.

Distribution in Vaasa. The hooded crow is a common bird species in Vaasa. During nesting season, it was observed in over 250 survey blocks. On average, it nests with a density of 1 to 2 pairs/ km². Some of the flocks sighted during summer months are non-nesting individuals, in search of future breeding areas. The hooded crows start breeding at the age of 2 to 3 years.