Garden Rook Survey

Take part in the Garden Rook Survey between July and December 2014 to help us find out more about the behaviour of Rooks in gardens. We will be asking you to look at six categories of behaviour: Feeding, Caching, Tolerance, Object Play, Social and Vocalization.

Take part

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)

Anyone can take part. You don’t need to be a bird expert – you just need to see Rooks in your garden. You can submit a one-off behaviour sighting or, if you regularly get Rooks in your garden exhibiting the same behaviours, you can keep a running tally of how many times you see the behaviour throughout the duration of the survey.

For more information on what we'd like you to look for, including downloadable instructions, please visit our how to take part page. You can also 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.