Garden Rook Survey

The Garden Rook Survey ran between July and December 2014 looking find out more about the behaviour of Rooks in gardens. It covered six categories of behaviour: Feeding, Caching, Tolerance, Object Play, Social and Vocalization.

Rook behaviour. Photos by Margaret Holland, Peter Ford and Sandy Dalkin.

These are some of the behaviours that we're interested in documenting. Top left: Caching
(Margaret Holland), Bottom left: Feeding (Sandy Dalkin), Top right: Object manipulation
(Peter Ford), Bottom left: Social interaction (Margaret Holland)

The survey is now closed. If you took part, please submit your findings here.

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Rook Identification

To help you tell apart a Rook from a Crow take a look at our Rook identification page.

Rook research

Simple behavioural research in labs has shown that Rooks are highly intelligent birds, able to use tools and solve complex problems. With help from Dr. Nathan Emery, an expert in corvid behaviour, we wanted to look into how they use these skills in the wild, especially given their increased use of supplementary food. Find out more about previous Rook research that has been undertaken. 

Frequently asked questions

If you'd like to know why we're only studying Rooks, how the data will be used, and answers to other FAQs, click here.