Head, throat, wings and tail, black, glossed with blue; the rest of the plumage ash-gray.
C. Comix, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 109. Id. torn. III. p. 59. Hooded Crow, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 351. pl. 29. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 83.
Entire length nineteen inches six lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) two inches two lines, (from the gape) two inches two lines and a half; of the tarsus two inches three lines; of the tail seven inches six lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing twelve inches ten lines: breadth, wings extended, three feet two inches.
Head, throat, wings, and tail, black, with blue and green reflections: all the rest of the plumage cinereous gray: bill strong, shaped like that of the Raven, black: nostrils covered by reflected bristly feathers, as in the last species: irides brown: feet black. (Egg). Mottled all over with dark greenish brown on a lighter green ground: long. diam. one inch ten lines; trans, diam. one inch three lines.
Resident all the year in the western and northern parts of Scotland, and in some parts of Ireland, but only a winter visitant in England, where it arrives about the end of October, and remains till the approach of Spring. During its stay chiefly frequents the sea-coast, or open and extensive downs. Builds in trees and rocky cliffs, constructing a nest similar to that of the Carrion Crow. Breeds early in the year, and lays four or five eggs. Feeds indiscriminately on all kinds of animal substances.