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Rook

(Corvus frugilegus)
German name(s): "Saatkrähe"
Size: 41-49 cm; wing span 81-94 cm
Weight: 330-600 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Rook at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "frugilegus"

ADULT

Lateral view of a Rook foraging in a recently slashed meadow; note the extended crop, which is visible because Rooks loose the feathers at the base of their bill (both bottom and top) when reaching maturity (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Brok, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Lateral view of Rooks foraging in a recently slashed meadow; note the extended crop of the bird in front (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Brok, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Rooks foraging in a recently slashed meadow; note the full crops (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Brok, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Lateral view of a Rook issuing its call (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, February 2017]

Small flock of Rooks foraging in a recently slashed meadow (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Brok, Masovia, Poland, June 2016]

Rooks can also be found in other agricultural areas such as, in this example, vineyards (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Eltville, Hessen, Germany, June 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Adult Rook, centre right, and immature Rook, back right, together with other corvids, namely Hooded Crows, front, and the smaller Western Jackdaws; note the immature Rook's feathery base of the bill (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Wizna, Masovia, Poland, January 2015]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a Rook, centre, in a flock with other corvids, namely Hooded Crows, left, and Western Jackdaws, front right and back right (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Wizna, Masovia, Poland, January 2015]

Rooks trying to beat other corvids, in this case the smaller Western Jackdaws, to a feed of silage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Wizna, Masovia, Poland, January 2015]

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