Corvid ID online (1 session, Wednesday 10am)

Rook. Edmund Fellowes / BTO
Nick Moran, Jen Donelan, Kate Fox
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 - 10:00 to 11:45
Fully booked

Learn how to recognise the members of the corvid family by sight and sound.

This course involves one online session of 1 hour 45 minutes, with a trainer:participant ratio of about 1:30. Participants' microphones are muted during the sessions but there is a large interactive component, using chat messaging, polls and non-verbal signals to your webcam. The live session is complemented by supported self-study exercises which participants are encouraged to complete later. We place a strong emphasis on providing tools and techniques that will help you to continue your learning after the course.

The training will be run by BTO staff Nick MoranJen Donelan and Kate Fox all experienced birdwatchers, surveyors and trainers.

In order to participate you will need broadband of sufficient speed to view live video, and a computer with sound and ideally a webcam, or a tablet.

The live session on Wednesday 22 February at 10am will cover the identification of:

  • Dark corvids at rest, including juveniles: Jackdaw, Chough, Carrion Crow, Hooded Crow, Rook and Raven
  • Dark corvids in flight
  • Corvid flight calls: Rook, Carrion/Hooded Crow, Raven and Chough
  • Corvid songs: Jay, Magpie, Carrion/Hooded Crow

COST: The live session and supported self-study exercises costs £12. For maximum benefit, participants are strongly encouraged to attend the session in person. If the cost is a barrier to you, please contact us by email: training [at]

This course is designed for amateur birdwatchers and bird survey volunteers – professionals seeking training should contact us by email.

After booking you should receive an automatic confirmation email. If this doesn’t arrive, please check your spam/junk email folder and if it is not there, or you have any other questions or booking issues, please email us at training [at]