A crow with a black glossy plumage, the rook has loose feathers at the upper thigh, which helps distinguish this particular species from other crows. In addition to this the beak, in atleast some parts appear a whitish-grey colour. They are sociable birds often found with jackdaws when feeding.


Abundant across Europe, apart from Scandinavia and northern parts of Russia. Preferred habitats are primarily arable farms and woodlands.


As a medium sized bird the rook eats seeds, insects, small mammals and human refuse.

Predators & Threats

Like all birds anthropogenic impacts are the most detrimental to their population. The typical predators of birds this size include birds such as owls and hawks.


  • Rooks can be seen nesting together in groups of up to 30 or 40.
  • They are intelligent animals and in captivity have been known to construct tools in order to carry out tasks.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
RookCorvus frugilegus
~ 45 cm
15-20 years.

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Rook