Indian House Crow

Corvus splendens

Overview

  • 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.

  • 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? 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.

  • If already present in Ireland where? Recorded in Ireland, but not established.

  • 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.

  • 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.
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