Did you know that
- Crows are not endangered in Ireland, thanks to their adaptability.
Myths and Folklore:
- Linked to Celtic mythology and superstitions, crows symbolize mystery and magic.
Protection and Conservation:
- Protected under Wildlife Acts, harming or disturbing crows or nests is illegal.
Interactions with Humans:
- Beneficial Role: Crows aid in ecosystem balance by scavenging carrion, controlling insects, and dispersing seeds.
- Farmers: While occasionally damaging crops, crows’ overall impact is positive.
- Carrion Crow: Predominantly black with a glossy sheen, larger than Hooded Crows.
- Hooded Crow: Black head, wings, and tail, gray body.
Behavior and Diet:
- Crows are renowned problem-solvers.
- Diet: Omnivores, consuming insects, mammals, carrion, fruits, crops, and urban waste.
Nesting and Breeding:
- Nesting Sites: Trees, cliffs, or man-made structures.
- Breeding Season: March to June.
- Eggs: 3-6 eggs per clutch, incubated for 18-20 days.
- Fledglings: Young crows remain dependent on parents after hatching.