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Indian House Crow

Indian House Crow
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4289 W: 231 N: 13908] (55871)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/20 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds in India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-08 23:02
Viewed: 15436
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Like many of us, I have a prejudiced view of a Crow, programmed by social and cultural beliefs nurtured in us by the society we are brought up in.
This bird was cawing away loudly this morning on the electric wires outside our house. On an impulse, I picked up my camera and shot it hand-held from our terrace.
This is my first ever picture of an Indian House Crow. As I noticed during PP work, this is quite a good looking specimen. Hope you too like it.

House Crow (Corvus splendens) is a widespread resident in India.

Size: 42 cm
Weight: 250-350 gm

Identification: Plumage is glossy black, except for the nape, sides of the head, upper back and breast, which are grey. Bill, legs, and feet also black. Sexes alike.

Food: Omnivorous. Diet includes seeds, fruit, grain, nectar, berries, bird’s eggs, nestlings, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, wide range of carrion.

Call: Normal call a harsh qua qua or a nasal kaan kaan. It also has a couple of softer calls when resting or during courtship.

Habits: Highly vocal, gregarious birds, seemingly unafraid of humans. Aggressive, will attack and chase off any large bird of prey. Birds have been reported taking food from school children and killing chicks of domestic fowls. Breeding pairs will repeatedly dive bomb humans near the nest.

Habitat: Wholly dependent on human habitation; consequently found in villages, towns, and cities throughout its range. Resorts to altitudinal and seasonal local movements in colder northern areas in winter. Replaced by Large-billed Crows and Jungle Crows in mountains and forests respectively.

Breeding: Solitary nester except in areas of high population density. Will use trees, buildings, or other artificial structures for rough stick nest lined with coir or other fibre. Four to five pale blue-green eggs, speckled with brown. Breeding season March through July. Incubation 16–17 days; fledging 21–28 days. Its nest regularly brood-parasitized by Asian Koel.

Distribution: All over India except in high altitudes and forests. Also in Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Burma, self-introduced to East Africa, Indian Ocean islands, Malaysia, and South Africa. Four subspecies: C. splendens splendens, C. splendens zugmayeri (southern Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab and western Rajasthan), C. splendens protegatus (coastal areas, Kerala, Sri Lanka and nearby islets) and C. splendens maledivicus (Maldives islands).

Status: Not threatened. Abundant in its range to the point of being a pest and a threat to other bird species.



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Especie que yo desconocía Ram, donde se aprecian los rasgos de los córvidos. Buen encuadre y enfoque algo justo. Un abazo y gracias por tus comentarios: J. Ignasi

Hello Ram,
Nice shot at this Indian House Crow. Beautiful profile and color clarity. Lovely pov and composition. TFS this fine image.

Hello Ram,

Very nice picture of this crow. Good POV and DOF. Nice colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2008-03-09 1:33]

Hello Ram,
So we've both posted a Crow today! This is a fine capture of the Indian Crow in a good pose. I like the POV and it looks great against the fine background and I like the composition. Even though I'm not very fond of them they're very intelligent birds and rather beautiful too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-09 1:37]

Hi Ram

As you say, a nice glossy specimen. To my eyes this is very similar to the Hooded Crow Ulla posted today - our are black.

Good pose and exposure.


Hi Ram
a nice picture of your crow, it's quite a like our hooded crow.
The picture is a bit soft but for hand held camera with 1/20sec
it's really good.
Well composed with good POV and fine DOF, the crow standout well. Good note too.
Well done.

Hi Ram

Quite a good result for 1/20 sec. Indeed it is surprising that with all the Indian photographers on TN that there are few House Crows to look at. They are an attractive crow and it looks right at home amongst these cables and wires.


Hello Sir,
What you said is absolutely true. May be that's the reason wy we see very few pictures of House Crows in TN. That reminds me , I have also taken a picture of House crow. I will also post it soon.
This is a very good picture of the House Crow. Good POV and DOF. You have caught a catch light too.:)
Thanks for the share,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-09 7:45]

Hi Ram,
nice image of this Crow.
It looks like it's up to no good :-)
I know it's not natural but I like how all the wires lead the eye straight to the bird.
Good lighting and exposure.
Slightly un-sharp but that is due to the low shutter-speed so couldn't really be helped, except by a tripod, monopod or maybe a flash.
Excellent DOF and BG.
Well done my friend.


Excellent bird shot,Well Done.


The crossed perch and such make it an almost symbolic image considering it is a crow...there is more to this picture in psychology and such than meets the eye..it takes a bit of thinking..or perhaps I think too much..as my wife suggests...but overall a fine image Ram...you are a dedicated man..I hope you are enjoying your retirement in this way as I am.

Your now famous electric wires produced yet another fine bird specimen Ram, the soft-focus effect of the hand held capture gave an innocent air to this fine looking crow, but we know they don't have anything in common with innocence! eh friend?

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-03-09 21:42]

Hello Sir,
You picked a good subject, a very common but interesting creation.
Their presence has such an important impact on our daily lives, yet the "crow" is a bird to shooes away:(
Perhaps it is only the lens of a camera that can see it in different light.Some of them look really the dark and handsome kind:)

Nice composition with good detail. A bit of blur seen, but i guess this was a quick deft one done so as not to miss the moment.

TFS & Cheers

Very nice Shot Sir!
Very sharp, and presented very well!
Thank you!

Salut Ram
Belle photo avec une belle composition. La corneille est un oiseau méfiant donc difficile à photographier. Le détail du plumage montre bien la bonne exposition.
merci et au revoir...JP

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