Hooded Crow

Guide to the Hooded Crow

Hooded crows share many of the same characteristics as the more common carrion crows (the all black crows). They also prefer to feed off dead animals, however, they are often seen in larger groups, whereas carrion crows prefer to travel alone.    

What do hooded crows look like?

Hooded crows get their name due to their distinctive plumage. Although they look like a more common black crow, they also have grey feathers that cover half their head (like a hood) and most of their breast. Like the carrion crows, the hooded crows have the same plumage for both males and females, meaning that they can rarely be told apart.  

Hooded Crow

Where to spot a hooded crow?

Hooded crows prefer to stay in the more northern regions of the UK, staying primarily in north-west Scotland and Northern Ireland. They are often found moving down south during the winter, so they can often be seen across the north of England during the colder months. Spotted a hooded crow recently? Make sure you log it in our BirdSpotter map!

where to find a hooded crow

What does the hooded crow sound like?

The hooded crow has a very similar call to the more common crow; a short caw rather than a melodic song. For that reason, it will be hard to distinguish between the two when out birdwatching. Here’s an example of the sound a hooded crow makes:



What’s the best bird food for hooded crows?

Hooded crows love suet, so choosing one of our suet bird food mixes is a great option for attracting these birds to your garden. Why not try our Suet Special Blend Mixture, which contains suet pellets, sunflower hearts and peanut granules.

To see what tasty wild bird food we have on offer, make sure to visit our shop!