Plumage bluish black: nostrils covered by bristly feathers one-third the length of the bill: tail moderately rounded, extending an inch and a quarter beyond the wings.
C. Corone, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 108. Id. torn. III. p. 58. Carrion Crow, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 349. pl. 28. The Crow, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 81.
Entire length nineteen inches: length of the bill (from the forehead) one inch ten lines, (from the gape) two inches one line; of the tarsus two inches one line; of the tail seven inches six lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing twelve inches: breadth, wings extended, three feet.
Much smaller than the last species, but very similar in general appearance: plumage entirely black; the upper parts reflecting green and violet: tail relatively shorter than in the C. Corax, and not so much rounded at the extremity: bill and feet black: irides dark hazel. (Egg). Ground colour pale bluish green, spotted and speckled with two shades of ash-colour and clove-brown: long. diam. one inch eight lines; trans, diam. one inch two lines.
Common throughout the kingdom, but most abundant in wooded districts. Food and habits similar to those of the Raven. Like that species found in pairs all the year. Breeds as early as February. Nest generally placed in the forked branch of a lofty tree, composed of sticks, and lined with wool, hair, and other soft materials. Eggs four or five in number.