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Alternative name: Mesopotamian Crow (C. c. capellanus)
Length 48-54 cm, wingspan 84-100 cm, weight 0.4-0.6 kg.
Juveniles have duller plumage with bluish or greyish eyes and, initially, a red mouth.
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Northern, central and eastern Europe, western Asia, and northeasternmost Africa, in Ireland, northwestern Scotland, Scandinavia, and south through Poland, east and south of the Alps to Italy; east from there to the Yenisei river in central Siberia, and southeast to northern Egypt and Iran. Largely resident, but migrates out of northern Scandinavia and northern Russia in winter; small numbers reach as far south and west as eastern England and northeastern France in winter, and also into the central Asian steppes where it does not breed.
This species was formerly considered conspecific with Carrion Crow. The two hybridise extensively in a narrow band where their ranges meet, but the resulting hybrids have reduced viability, preventing more widespread mixing of the two species (it was due to this reduced viability that the two were concluded to be separate species, rather than just subspecies).
The subspecies are largely clinal in variation, becoming increasingly pale towards the southeast. C. c. capellanus is the most distinctive of these subspecies, the typical greys of nominate Hooded Crow being replaced by a near white, giving the bird a superficial resemblance to the Pied Crow of Africa, but C. c. pallescens, widespread in northern and central Iran, is an intermediate pale grey. Although most authorities consider Mesopotamian Crow a subspecies of Hooded Crow, a few recognise it as a species in its own right.
Found almost anywhere from coast to moorland, even city centres.
Includes a wide range of worms, large insects, molluscs and crabs, bird eggs and nestlings, rodents, carrion, and human-provided food.
They build a bulky stick nest, usually placed in a tall tree, but cliff ledges, old buildings and pylons may be used. The 4-6 brown-speckled blue eggs are incubated for 17-19 days by the female alone, who is fed by the male. The young fledge after 32-36 days.
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