Return to main search page

Indian House Crow, Corvus splendens


Short description of Corvus splendens, Indian House Crow

This is a small black crow, larger but slimmer than jackdaw Corvus monedula, with a distinctive grey shawl across the rear and sides of the neck and the upper mantle that contrasts sharply with the black crown, face and bib.

Description of Corvus splendens, Indian House Crow status in GB

The Indian house crow is expected to arrive in GB but no occurrences have yet been confirmed. Birds have reached ports as close to GB as Ireland, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Habitat summary: Corvus splendens, Indian House Crow

Throughout its range, this species is very strongly commensal with people, occurring among even the highest densities of human habitation. No populations are known to live independently of humans.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand
Functional type: Omnivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: (no records known)
Date of first record: Unknown

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of Indian House Crow

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

October 2nd 2019

We try to keep these factsheets up to date, however if you notice any issues please contact us

[You must enable JavaScript to see this email address]

Thin strip of image show tree trunk and bark