Scientific Name : Corvus splendens
Tamil Name : Kakam
Description: It is glossy black with a dusk grey neck, upper neck and upper back. Fore head crown and neck glossy black. Males and females are alike. Grey neck and smaller size distinguish it from the all black Jungle crow.
Distribution and status: Distributed throughout the Indian sub continent this crow is often found near human habitations and is commensal with man. This bird is cunning and uncannyingly vary. It is resident.
Habitat. It is a common bird in a variety of habitat across the subcontinent and seen even in hill stations. It has community roost in trees where large numbers gather together to sleep for the night.
Habits: This is a scavenger and drives away ornamental birds with its bullying habits.
Food: Lives in close association with Man and obtains its lively hood from his works. Has no food preferences and will eat anything including dead animals. Adults have communal roosts that are flocks of birds nest in particular trees every night to roost.
Life cycle: Nests are shabbily built with a variety of materials that include even wires. Nesting season is from April to June. Sometimes several nests are laid in the same tree. 4-5 eggs that are pale blue are laid in a nest. Sometimes the koel lays its eggs in the crow nests.
Source: Dr. J. Patrick David