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Reddish Vale Country Park

Wingspan, 100cm.

Length, 46cm.

Weight, 370-650g.

Lifespan 4yrs, although

the maximum recorded

age is 14yrs 10 months.

Diet, carrion, insects, worms, seeds, fruit, and any scraps.

Estimated numbers,

988,000 pairs.

Carrion Crow

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There are two subspecies of crow: the Carrion Crow, which is all black, and the Hooded Crow, which has a grey body, black head, wings and tail. Though an eater of carrion of all kinds, the Carrion Crow will kill and eat any small animal it can catch, and will also steal eggs. Crows are scavengers by nature, which is why they tend to frequent sites inhabited by humans in order to feed on their household waste.

Crows are very social and live in family groups of between 2 to 15 birds, averaging 4  birds.

A group of Crows is called a "murder".

 

Early historical records reveal that thas long been synonymous with "despicable predator". King Henry VIII put a public bounty on the Crow along with its relation the Rook.  

 

Superstition and Folklore

Crows have been used for the purpose of divination since the time of ancient Rome.

A single crow over a house meant bad news, and often fortold a death within. "A crow on the thatch lifts the latch".

 

It was unlucky in Wales to have a Crow cross your path. However, if two Crows crossed your path, the luck was reversed. "Two Crows I see, good luck to me" 

Carrion Crow