[Three Hundred Animals Contents]
IS less in size than the raven. The bill is strong, thick, and straight. The general colour is black, except the bottom of the feathers, which has a greyish tint. His delight is to feed upon carcases and dead animals, or malefactors exposed at the gibbet. Like the raven he has a most sagacious scent, and is said to smell gunpowder afar off. He roosts upon trees, and takes both animal and vegetable food. Like the rooks, the Crows are gregarious, and often fly in large companies in the fields or in the woods. They are great destroyers of patridges, as they generally pierce their eggs with their bill, and carry them in that manner through the air, at a great distance, to feed the cravings of their young. The female lays five or six eggs.