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Corvus cornix (Hooded crow)

Photo taken in Riga, Latvia.


The hooded crow (Corvus cornix) is a Eurasian bird species. It breeds in northern and eastern Europe, and closely allied forms inhabit southern Europe and western Asia.


In Celtic folklore, the bird appears on the shoulder of the dying Cú Chulainn, and could also be a manifestation of the Morrígan, the wife of Tethra, or the Cailleach. This idea has persisted, and the hooded crow is associated with fairies in the Scottish highlands and Ireland; in the 18th century, Scottish shepherds would make offerings to them to keep them from attacking sheep.


The hooded crow is one of the 37 Norwegian birds depicted in the Bird Room of the Royal Palace in Oslo.

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Taken on April 27, 2014