Crows (Corvidae)
These birds are the largest of the passerines, and vary in size from medium to quite large. They have large, powerful bills and strong legs, which are well adapted to both walking and perching. While the typical crows are black, jays and magpies tend to be more colourful, with bold plumages patches often of blue. Crows are intelligent and adaptable birds, and are capable of living alongside man and exploiting his activities in a variety of ways.
There are 107 species worldwide. Eleven species breed in Europe.
Species seen but not photographed:
  • Alpine Chough : France (July 2018)
  • Australasian Magpie : New Zealand (November 2001)
  • Hooded Crow : Scotland (May 2019)
  • Iberian Magpie : Spain (November 2018)
  • Stellar's Jay : California (May 1982)
  • Western Scrub Jay : California (October 2002)