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:
  • Australasian Magpie : New Zealand (November 2001)
  • Azure-winged Magpie : Portugal (Apr 2005)
  • Hooded Crow : Croatia (June 2017)
  • Jay : Oxon (January 2018)
  • Stellar's Jay : California (May 1982)
  • Western Scrub Jay : California (October 2002)