The only bird species to have survived in the Zone, enduring increased radiation levels and effectively avoiding anomalies. While the army pilots need to rely on complex detectors to avoid gravitational disturbances, the crow seems to rely on its own senses for that - a mystery that drives ornithologists and biologists mad. Various theories attempting to explain the phenomenon exist, all of them pointing to a highly specialized development of the bird's brain.
- Shadow of Chernobyl PDA description

Crows are the only bird species to have survived in the Zone, appearing in all three S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.


Crows have described to be the only species of birds that managed to survive the Zone harsh environment. It is believed by local scientists that crows rely on their own senses to spot airborne anomalies and avoid them.

Even though described as mutants, they do not interact with the player in all games. They can be found flying in groups, especially above bases. They can be shot and killed, although they cannot be looted for parts.


  • In S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, a bandit named Flayer runs a crow shooting minigame. The player must shoot as many crows as possible within one minute.
  • In both Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, crows are killed during emissions. It is not uncommon to witness dozens of dead crows raining from the sky at once in the aftermath of a blowout.
  • Even though crows are supposed to be the only birds in the Zone, the sound of songbirds can clearly be heard in Clear Sky in the Cordon, possibly an oversight on the part of the developers.
  • They may pass through solid objects.
  • When killed, crows slowly fall towards the ground while still playing the flying animation, but ragdoll once they hit the ground.

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