House Crow Reporting Tool
This page is for residents of the City of Cape Town to report sightings
of invasive House Crows.
Report an Invasive House Crow Sighting
Before you embark on filling in the Invasive House Crow Reporting Form... take a good look at these FOUR species. Make absolutely sure that you have seen a listed invasive species... and it is NOT an indigenous crow.
Invasive House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Indigenous White Necked Raven (Corvus albicollis)
Indigenous Pied Crow (Corvus albus)
The Indigenous Common Cape Crow (Corvus capensis)
Images courtesy: Peter Ryan, Errol Douwes & Warren Schmidt.
Take a look at the four species (see left) in boxes.
When you report your sighting – via the reporting form - you must be quite sure that you have seen an invasive house crow and not an indigenous crow species on your property.
To be absolutely sure of your identification, check the this identification ID kit for the invasive house crow.
Online sighting reports:
- Are the basis of this FREE service to the residents of the City of Cape Town.
- Are an efficient way to streamline the House Crow Control Team’s work - as removals are grouped
Cape Town Map – Four administrative regions
House Crows are Category 1a invasive species. The City of Cape Town has to remove them by law.
With funding from Environmental Programmes, Dept of Environmental Affairs, the City has reduced the House Crow population in Cape Town from 10000 to 250 birds since 2012.
Distribution of House Crow Nests (2012-2018)
Distribution of House Crow roosts (2012-2018)
Distribution of House Crow baiting sites (2012-2018)
The City of Cape Town has trained specialised Invasive House Crow Control Teams. Since 2012, these teams have reduced the House Crow population in Cape Town from approximately 10 000 to 250 birds.
House Crows are Category 1a invasive species in South Africa and must be removed by law.
The City of Cape Town House Crow Control Teams:
- Are a FREE service to residents of the City of Cape Town.
- Are part of a City of Cape Town Green Jobs initiative.
- Only work when funding is available.
- Are coordinated by the Invasive Species Unit of the City of Cape Town.
- Only respond to sightings that have been reported via the online sighting reporting form.
- Work on a first come, first serve basis in each of the four administrative regions of Cape Town
- Are ONLY available to remove invasive house crows located within the municipal borders of Cape Town.