3. Corvus corone.
Corvus corone, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 155(1766); Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 553 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 295; Hume, N. & E. p. 410; id, Cat. no. 659; Scully, Ibis, 1881, p. 570; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 4. Corvus pseudocorone, Hume, N. & E. p. 410 (1873). Corone corone (Linn.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 36.
Coloration. The entire plumage intense glossy black, the feathers of the hind neck firm and with glistening shafts.
Bill and legs shining black; iris brown (Dresser).
Length about 19 ; tail 8; wing 12.6 to 14 ; tarsus 2.3; bill from gape 2.25.
Distribution. I cannot discover any difference between the only two Indian-killed specimens of this species I have seen and numerous others from various parts of the world. The Carrion-Crow appears to be a resident in Kashmir, where it breeds. It is no doubt common enough, but frequently overlooked as a common crow. It has not yet been found in any other part of India. The proper home of this bird is the eastern half of Siberia, from the Yenesay river to the Pacific, but it is also found in greater or less abundance southwards in Turkestan and Kashmir, extending into Europe as far as England.
Habits, &c. The Carrion-Crow, like the Raven, is found in the wildest parts of the countries it inhabits. It is generally solitary and but seldom seen in flocks. Brooks found the nest in Kashmir, at Sonamurg, on the 30th May, but he gives no particulars of the occurrence. The eggs, which are pale green, spotted and otherwise marked with greenish or olive-brown and pale sepia, measure 1.67 by 1.16.