Crows and ravens are native animals and are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. It is illegal to trap or bait them or disturb their nests when they are raising young. Where crows are damaging property or affecting health and wellbeing they can be removed by licensed commercial pest removers. But crows can be very difficult to catch and it is often better to remove what is attracting them in the first place. If they’re not a problem, leave them alone.

Torresian crow

Of the five native species of crow and raven found in Australia, the Torresian crow is the one most often encountered by Queenslanders around their homes. In the past, the sound and sight of small flocks of these crows passing by were simply accepted as part of the living Australian landscape along with kangaroos, magpies and gum trees.

The expanding suburbs dotted with a few remnant gum trees make perfect crow habitat. To make it even better for crows, some people feed them or carelessly leave food scraps around so crows can feed themselves. More roads, more cars, and an absence of other scavengers also mean that any wild animals killed by cars also become extra food for crows.

Today, we find large numbers of these crows living in suburban areas. No longer are the flocks small, nor are they passing by. Instead crows are making their roosts in backyards and suburban parks where they can become noisy, messy and sometimes destructive.