25 February 2019

Hello Kraai

Week 07; 15 February 2019 - Shuwaikh Port, Free Trade Zone (FTZ)

Neil Tovey recorded a Pied Crow near his Head Office in the Free Trade Zone yesterday.

As we weren't sure of the origin, I decided to check if it was still around today and headed to the FTZ early in the morning. The weather was a little inclement with clouds and some intermittent drizzle. It wasn't in the area where it was seen yesterday, but I figured if I could find the resident House Crows, then it should be close by.

House Crow (Corvus splendens)

Sure enough, the logic paid off and I found the Pied Crow feeding on the ground whilst been harassed by the House Crows. It was quite unperturbed by the fuss of the smaller House Crows though.

Pied Crow (Corvus albus)



Originally we suspected that it might have been a ship-assisted bird, but on seeing the bird and images, we noted quite a lot of wear on the wing and tail feathers, suggesting it may have been in a cage, even if it was on a ship.

It is unlikely that it was from the bird market, since all the birds at the market were culled last week, due to the bird flu outbreak in Kuwait. It is not your typical bird that is kept as a pet and is also not a bird that I have ever seen for sale at the bird market. 


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