Dinosaur of the week: Brown-necked Raven

I saw this Corvus ruficollis and its partner on my recent trip into the Sahara desert. According to the IUCN website, the population is increasing. However, according to the same website numbers of mature individuals is unknown. Science needs to be based on facts, not wishful thinking. https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22706064/118783085#population Many thanks to the excellent birders on birdforum.net for their help with the ID.

Dinosaur of the week: Hooded Crow

hooded crowThis Corvus cornix was looking for food on the banks of the Danube in Austria where I saw it a couple of years ago. The species used to be seen as part of Corvus corone (Carrion crow) but was given full species status in 2002. Danger to the birds comes from gamekeepers and similar numpties who hunt them.