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Rook

Gregarious and often seen with Jackdaws.

Breeds in colonies called rookeries, throughout Britain. The nests can always be seen at the top of very tall trees – of which Elms seem to be a favourite. It rarely comes into built up areas but instead feeds on farmland. The Rook is slightly smaller than a Crow, and its crown has a distinctive peak. When on the ground it has a swagger to its walk and occasionally hops.

It is a highly sociable bird and is our largest common land-bird. Feeds on cereals, potatoes, roots, fruit, nuts, berries, insects and worms but will also take carrion and small mammals if the weather is harsh.

Will visit a ground station for just about anything but beware as Rooks will feed in flocks, sometimes very large ones.

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Gregarious and often seen with Jackdaws.

Breeds in colonies called rookeries, throughout Britain. The nests can always be seen at the top of very tall trees – of which Elms seem to be a favourite. It rarely comes into built up areas but instead feeds on farmland. The Rook is slightly smaller than a Crow, and its crown has a distinctive peak. When on the ground it has a swagger to its walk and occasionally hops.

It is a highly sociable bird and is our largest common land-bird. Feeds on cereals, potatoes, roots, fruit, nuts, berries, insects and worms but will also take carrion and small mammals if the weather is harsh.

Will visit a ground station for just about anything but beware as Rooks will feed in flocks, sometimes very large ones.