Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
Rook (Corvus frugilegus). Taken at Slimbridge, Glous., on October 17th 2008.
Taken at Slimbridge, Glous., on October 17th 2008.
(1/100th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 41 - 49 cm; WS: 81 - 94 cm

A bare, greyish-white face, thinner beak and peaked head make the Rook distinguishable from the Carrion Crow.

Rooks can be found throughout the British Isles, with the exception of north-west Scotland.

They are most usually seen in flocks in open fields, or feeding in small groups along a roadside. They nest close together in the tops of trees.

Rooks are very sociable birds, and are nearly always found in flocks. They often feed and roost in company with Jackdaws.

There are about 1.1 million pairs in the UK.


03-Nov-2018 : Hackpen Hill, Oxon
03-Nov-2018 : Buckland Warren, Oxon
24-Jun-2018 : Ravenglass, Cumbria (1)
20-May-2018 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (50+)
07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (50+)
19-Apr-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
20-Feb-2018 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (200+)
17-Feb-2018 : Chalfont Park, Oxon
11-Feb-2018 : Bury Down, Berks (200+)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos
01-Jan-2018 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (3)

16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
14-Jan-2017 : Caulcott, Oxon
01-Jan-2017 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (2)

23-Oct-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
09-Jan-2016 : Lower Radley, Oxon
01-Jan-2016 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
30-Apr-2015 : Durdle Door, Dorset
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
10-Jan-2015 : Millets Farm, Frilford, Oxon

27-Oct-2014 : Marston Meadows, Oxon
18-May-2014 : Lardon Chase, Berks
18-May-2014 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon
04-May-2014 : Y Clywd, Ceredigion
03-May-2014 : Y Clywd, Ceredigion (c90)
02-Jan-2014 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (1)