One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bird of the North and East European race of the carrion crow, having a grey body with a black head, wings, and tail.
Corvus corone cornix, family Corvidae
- ‘Flying north through the lush green agricultural lands bordering the Tigris I watched hundred of egrets along with small flocks of rooks and hooded crows.’
- ‘This is the hooded crow, which is only a carrion crow, at least as far as bird scientists are concerned.’
- ‘Wild cats, stray dogs, pigeons, rats, and hooded crows were killed by the thousands to improve hygiene in the city.’
- ‘In much of Ireland and Scotland, our carrion crow is replaced by the grey-and-black hooded crow; in the border zones, the two species interbreed.’
- ‘Walking down to the pond we saw some white-cheeked bulbuls as well as a couple of hooded crows.’
- ‘I just watched a showdown on the lawn here between a brown buzzard and a large black-and-gray hooded crow.’
- ‘In Europe, hooded crows have been known to prey upon mussels.’
- ‘Peregrine Falcons inhabit these remote glacial valleys and can often be heard calling at nesting time and, less often, seen aggressively defending their territory against marauding hooded crows by high-speed aerobatics.’
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