Indian house crow
Photo credit: ©Colin Ryall
- Indian house crow
- Close proximity to human habitation, coastal, landfill
- 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 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.
You can help by reporting any sightings:
- If it is in Northern Ireland @ the Centre for Environmental Data & Recording (CEDaR) - Or via the iRecord App.
- If your sighting is in Ireland please report @ the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC).
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.