One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A medium-sized, typically all-black crow that is common throughout much of Eurasia.
Corvus corone, family Corvidae. See also hooded crow
- ‘Endris Abtu often watches the huge flesh-eating carrion crows circling over the parched crop fields and distant hilltops around his village in south Wollo.’
- ‘But just then a carrion crow swooped down and took one of the ducklings.’
- ‘Each occasion a large gull or carrion crow passed overhead, the buntings took all wing, providing a most impressive spectacle.’
- ‘They've become almost as common as carrion crows and are killing not only game birds but many waders.’
- ‘This is the hooded crow, which is only a carrion crow, at least as far as bird scientists are concerned.’
- ‘Most unclean of all are those animals who are fed on refuse scraps, human or animal excrement, or who scavenge dead animals: omnivores such as pigs, dogs, or carrion crows.’
- ‘The side-blotched lizard, and the carrion crow (Corvus corone corone) are among the animals revealed by researchers to possess a social behavior.’
- ‘Urban-living carrion crows have learned to use road traffic for cracking tough nuts.’
- ‘He is a carrion crow, and though you see not well what he hovers for, there is death somewhere.’
- ‘I am in a desert; a sun looms overhead - carrion crows pour out from behind it in the thousands, to scour the desert below of anything edible.’
- ‘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 inter-breed.’
- ‘Disturbance after eggs are laid provides opportunities for predation by carrion crows, jays, kestrels, magpies, foxes and mink.’
- ‘During my last visit to the Ethiopian highlands, I watched as huge flesh-eating carrion crows circled the parched crop fields.’
- ‘Meanwhile, 29 species of habitat generalists - like the carrion crow and the wren - have increased by an average of 23 percent.’
- ‘Adam didn't know the names or the faces, but he knew the types: strong, hard westerners who lived off what the land provided, or off of each other like carrion crows picking on the carcass of a cow.’
- ‘A joint study by the RSPB and Game Conservancy Trust which showed that moorland managed for grouse has higher densities of wader bird, but fewer carrion crows and song birds, for which the habitat is less suitable.’
- ‘Every few minutes the growl of a giant UN Hercules transport plane scatters coal-black carrion crows from the trees.’
- ‘The colour scheme is muted but for vivid splashes of red, with most shots dominated by looming shadows, towers or circling carrion crows.’
2another name for black vulture (sense 1 of the noun)
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