House Crow

Conservation status

Least Concern

Population Trend


Alternate Names

Indian House Crow, Colombo Crow

Native Habitat



Grains, Termites, Eggs


House Crow

Corvus splendens

The House Crow is a common bird of the Crow family that is of Asian origin. 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.

It feeds largely on refuse around human habitations, small reptiles and other animals such as insects and other small invertebrates, eggs, nestlings, grain and fruits. Crows have also been observed swooping down from the air and snatching baby squirrels. Most food is taken from the ground, but also from trees as opportunity arises. It is a highly opportunistic bird and given its omnivorous diet, it can survive on nearly anything that is edible. These birds can be seen near marketplaces and garbage dumps, foraging for scraps.

At least some trees in the local environment seem to be necessary for its successful breeding although they occasionally nest on telephone towers. It lays 3-6 eggs in a typical stick nest, and occasionally there are several nests in the same tree. In South Asia they are parasitized by the Asian Koel. Peak breeding in India as well as Peninsular Malaysia was from April to July. Large trees with big crowns are preferred for nesting.

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    পাতি কাউৰী
  • Bengali:
  • Gujarati:
    દેશી કાગડો
  • Hindi:
  • Kannada:
  • Malayalam:
  • Marathi:
    कावळा, गावकावळा
  • Nepali:
    घर काग
  • Oriya:
  • Sanskrit:
    ग्राम काक, वायस
  • Tamil:
    வீட்டுக் காகம்
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Corvus splendens

Quick Facts
  • These are short distance migrants and move only a few miles from its nesting territory.