Indian house crow

Corvus splendens

Overview

Photo credit: ©Colin Ryall

Corvus splendens   
Common Names:
  • Indian house crow

Habitat:
  • Close proximity to human habitation, coastal, landfill

Description:
  • The Indian house crow is a medium-sized black crow with a distinctive grey shawl across the back of its neck.

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Origin and Worldwide Distribution:
  • It is native to the Indian sub-continent and most likely came to Europe by accident as a stowaway on a ship.
  • It has since established itself in the Netherlands.

Potential or Known Impacts:
  • The species is closely associated with human settlements, scavenging on discarded food and refuse dumps, making it a potential danger to human health.
  • It also causes damage to crops and, because it is known to predate on other bird species and small mammals, it could have a serious impact on native species as well.
  • Although only present in one Member State so far, the Indian house crow has the capacity to establish itself in any urban area within Europe.

How could it get here?
  • It has potential as a stowaway on cargo transportations
  • EU-level action will address its potential pathways of introduction and ensure its early detection and rapid eradication to prevent its further introduction and spread.

Is it found in Northern Ireland?
  • It has been recorded in Northern Ireland, but is not established.
  • More distribution information can be found at NBN Atlas NI.

Methods for Prevention:
  • EU-level action will address its potential pathways of introduction and ensure its early detection and rapid eradication to prevent its further introduction and spread into other areas and countries.
  • Report all sightings.

You can help by reporting any sightings: @ the Centre for Environmental Data & Recording (CEDaR) - Or via the iRecord App.
Current Legislative Position (Listed on 03 August 2016)
  • This species must not intentionally be brought into the Union; kept; bred; transported to, from or within the United Kingdom, unless for the transportation to facilities in the context of eradication; placed on the market; used or exchanged; permitted to reproduce, grown or cultivated; or released into the environment.
For further queries, you can contact the Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) Team in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency on 028 9056 9558 or Email: invasivespecies@daera-ni.gov.uk

Species Related Files:

Invasive Species Ireland

Invasive Species Ireland