House Crow

Corvus splendens  in हिंदी
Scientific Name:  Corvus splendens

Name:  House Crow

    Local Names:
  • Assamese     পাতি কাউৰী
  • Bengali     পাতিকাক
  • Gujarati     દેશી કાગડો
  • Hindi     कौवा
  • Kannada     ಕಾಗೆ
  • Malayalam     പേനക്കാക്ക
  • Marathi     कावळा, गावकावळा
  • Nepali     घर काग
  • Oriya     କାଉ
  • Sanskrit     ग्राम काक, वायस
  • Tamil     வீட்டுக் காகம்
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House Crow is a slender, blackish medium-sized crow, with long bill. Head, nape and breast sides are greyish, contrasting with the black body plumage. Forehead, chin and throat are black. Underparts are paler grey. The black bill is longer than in other crows. Eyes are brown. Long legs and feet are black.

Size in cm:

40-40 cm

Size in Inch

16-16 Inch

Primary color:


Secondary color:

gray   (Bird may have more colors)


House Crow is omnivorous. It feeds on rubbish, left-overs, debris, and in sewage. It also consumes lizards, fish, frogs, insects, crabs, nectar, fruits and cereal seeds, but chicks, eggs and small mammals too.

Habit and habited:

Around human habitation and cultivation, House Crow is often seen near towns and villages, mainly with harbour. It needs some trees too. This species is common in mangroves, coconut groves and plantations, particularly banyan trees.


Main call is a flat, dry kaaa-kaaa weaker than that of large-billed Crow.

Bird Type:

Perching Birds

The house crow (Corvus splendens), also known as the Indian, greynecked, Ceylon or Colombo crow, is a common bird of the crow family that is of Asian origin but now found in many parts of the world, where they arrived assisted by shipping. It is between the jackdaw and the carrion crow in size (40 cm (16 in) in length) but is slimmer than either. The forehead, crown, throat and upper breast are a richly glossed black, whilst the neck and breast are a lighter grey-brown in colour. The wings, tail and legs are black. There are regional variations in the thickness of the bill and the depth of colour in areas of the plumage.

Distribution Map

  •     Resident (inc. local and altitudinal migrants)
  •     Former range (no recent records but may still survive)
  •     Summer visitor (including summer monsoon)
  •     Winter visitor
  •     Passage (autumn and/or spring) visitor
  •     known to be occasional, scarce or erratic
  •     Small isolated population (actual range smaller)  
  •     Isolated record(s) - one or more in the same area  
  •  colour coded for seasonality as per coloured ranges, black denotes unspecified season

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