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Birds of Karnataka: Crow

House crow, birds of karnataka
House crow
Dr Ashok K R 
Did you know that crow is a bird?! They have become part and parcel of our life and that has made us to forget the fact that crow is a bird! In our surroundings we mainly see two varieties of crow - house crow and jungle crow.
Scientific names: - 
House crow - Corvus splendens
Jungle crow - Corvus macrorhynchos

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Both crow, of course are black in color. House crow is dull black with greyed out neck and chest parts. In comparison jungle crow is shining black.

Crow nests in trees using thick sticks. Nests are very crude, no artistic touch there.

Crows eat everything that humans eat, they consume every bit of food thrown by humans. They are one of the major scavengers and help up the nature in clearing man made litter. Crows away from human habitation feed on fruits, carcasses, lizards and even small birds. Their diet is much variable, they eat whatever is available at the moment and will digest it with ease. They are not mean birds to keep excess food for them self. They call out loud (probably the only bird sound which is easily recognized by us!) and invite their friends and relatives to enjoy the feast. In groups they are strong enough, they are fearless to scare much bigger sized birds like kite.

For now, their existence is not endangered by humans, thanks to their adaptability to man made environment. But in 'ultra modern' cities burdened with skyscraper structures one can appreciate the complete absence of crows. This trend will certainly rise in the coming decades.
Are you living in an environment where even crow refuses to nest?

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House crow - The image was shot during early days of my DSLR journey. KVG campus in Sullia, Karnataka is home to many species of birds. There were many crows in the campus. This particular crow was sitting on the parapet. Slowly and steadily I approached the bird. Though crows are accustomed to human presence a man with some scary black instrument can never be a comforting sign! Usually they take off. But this was equally curious, it turned regularly to observe my photography skills!
Exif details - Canon 550 d with Canon 75 - 300mm lens; f/5.6, 1/200, ISO 400
Jungle crow birds of karnataka
Jungle crow
Jungle crow - Image of jungle crow was shot in Soolekere near Mandya, Karnataka. Usually after few years of photography we rarely find interest in capturing crows. Literally we forget that crow belongs to bird category. It was summer days, lake was half full. From dawn I had photographed variety of migrant birds. While returning back this jungle crow drew my attention. It had just dug up the moist lake mud to eat something, mud was still stuck to its beak.
Exif details - Canon 550 d with Sigma 150 - 600mm c lens; f/8.0, 1/400, ISO 400
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