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.
  • Download N.I.E.A. ID guide

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 did it/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 Ireland?
  • It has been recorded in Ireland and Northern Ireland, but is not established in either country.
  • More information can be found at NBDC and NBN Atlas NI.

Static Distribution Map as of December 2019 - Courtesy of CEDaR


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 to CEDaR

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 Non Native Invasive Species Team in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency on 028 9056 9558.

Species Related Files:

Invasive Species Ireland

Invasive Species Ireland