Its nest regularly brood-parasitized by Asian Koel.

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House Crow (Corvus splendens) is a widespread resident in India. Size: 42 cm Weight: 250-350 gm.

Solitary nester except in areas of high population density. Will use trees, buildings, or other artificial structures for rough stick nest lined with coir or other fibre. Four to five pale blue-green eggs, speckled with brown. Breeding season March through July. Incubation 16–17 days; fledging 21–28 days. Its nest regularly brood-parasitized by Asian Koel.

Highly vocal, gregarious birds, seemingly unafraid of humans. Aggressive, will attack and chase off any large bird of prey. Birds have been reported taking food from school children and killing chicks of domestic fowls. Breeding pairs will repeatedly dive bomb humans near the nest.

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  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (10 Aug 2012):

    Crows can be such a pest - but excellent capture and info on them, Saroj!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (10 Aug 2012):

    I will make sure to steer clear of them (if I ever see them)!! Handsome specimen, however.

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (10 Aug 2012):

    What a nice, clear shot of this ornery bird, Saroj!! You captured him very nicely, and I have truly enjoyed your narrative too!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (10 Aug 2012):

    i agree with Ann !!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (12 Aug 2012):

    A great shot of this handsome bird. Crows often rob birds' nests here, and are sometimes considered pests. There is one that often comes to our birdbath with strips of meat he has scavenged from roadkill. He washes it in the birdbath before he eats it.

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