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Quick Facts

Scientific name:  Corvus frugilegus

Size:  Approx 45cm.  Wingspan 80cm to 98cm

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK

Months seen:  All year round

Life Span: 15 to 20 years

Habitat:  Farmland, grassland and parks.  Usually seen in large flocks (often with jackdaws)

Food:  Omnivorous - worms, insects, seeds etc.

Special features:  Rooks have all black plumage, similar to carrion crows except Rooks have off white coloured cheeks, a grey beak and shaggier plumage (especially around the legs).  The plumage has a purple sheen.  The juvenile rooks lack the white cheeks for the first year, which makes them look very similar to Carrion Crows, but with feathered legs and a purple sheen to the plumage.

Rooks tend to partner for life and mating can occur from late January through to March.

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