26 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Rooks (Corvus frugilegus)

You could have let me clean my beak!

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Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) are one of the easiest of the British corvids to identify due to their characteristic call, sociability and appearance. Rooks normally nest and roost in groups (often known as a “rookery”) and in bygone days it was said that if the rooks deserted a rookery then the owner of that land was to die shortly!


The rook is a large black bird of 40-50 centimetres in length. The most characteristic thing about them which helps to set them apart from any of the other big black birds like crows or ravens is the patch of white or grey skin at the base of the beak which can normally be easily seen.


These birds are quite widespread across the UK. Typically they like to hand out in tall deciduous trees such as in woodland or at the edges of fields but they may also be seen in more urban landscapes such as on grass verges near roads searching for food.

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