The Rook is a member of the Crow family. The plumage is all black with a reddy purple shine. Rooks are often said to have an untidy appearance as the feathers on the back of the head form a peak and are fluffy around the thigh, as if the Rook is wearing baggy trousers.
Rooks nest in a colony known as a ‘rookery’. The nests are built high in the trees close to each other and are lined with moss, leaves, grass and wool. Rooks will not always create a new nest every year but will often just renovate the one that was used before. Rookerys can be a very noisy place as the Rook is a communal bird with a loud and raucous call. This can lead to difficulties if they choose to nest at the bottom of someone’s garden and has given them an unfair reputation as a pest.