It sometimes flies with its feet hanging down below the body in a characteristically "lazy" way.
The range of this species is basically China, covering large areas of the country though not further north than Beijing. It occurs in plains and low lying river valleys in fairly open country and cultivated regions and is a common sight in paddy fields. It tends to avoid large towns and cities and is predominantly a rural species.
Food is sought mainly on the ground where a large range of items are taken, such as insects, mollusks and other invertebrates (even from shallow water), grains, especially rice and it also searches among refuse for suitable food items left by humans. It appears to take less carrion than other species but will if the opportunity arises, and will also take eggs and nestlings.
The nest is usually in a tree and is plastered with mud. There are usually 3-4 eggs laid.
The voice is a loud kaaar repeated several times with other slight variations on it to suit the occasion. It also like many other Corvus, utters strange clipping and clicking sounds during it's head bowing display to another bird.
Other names: Ring-necked Crow or White-collared Crow.