Know your crows — how to identify corvids with the BTO

Crow ID video from the BTOGiven clear views on the ground adult crow species generally present few ID problems… but throw juveniles into the mix, and birds in flight at distance, and they become surprisingly tricky.

There are clues you can use to identify crows accurately even in these situations. In this video the BTO run through the common crow species — all of which breed here in Ireland, with the exception of the carrion crow, which is replaced here by the grey and black hooded crow, and occurs only as a rare vagrant.

Let us know what you think of the video, and share your crow identification conundrums and insights in the comments below….

About Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones is a freelance writer, author, birder and lifelong wildlife enthusiast. He is founder and managing editor of He is also the tour leader and wildlife guide on our West Cork based Discover Wildlife tours.
Calvin is also co-author of bestselling digital marketing titles and offers digital business consulting services and training through Digital Marketing Success


  1. R meehan says:

    The hooded crows here in Mayo seems to be very challenged these days, seem agitated. Perhaps it is the weather?/

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