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American Crow

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Corvus brachyrhynchos

  • Classification: Bird
  • Lifespan in Captivity: up to 30 yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 7-8 yrs
  • Wingspan: 3 ft
  • Weight: 1 lb
  • Habitat: Generalists; commonly found in fields, open woodlands, forests; thrive in urban areas
  • Diet: Omnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: Opportunists: Fruits, vegetation, all manner of animals, insects, small mammals, reptiles, stolen eggs/nestlings, human garbage; carrion is small part of diet

American Crow News

Crows are a member of the corvid family, along with ravens, jays, magpies, and rooks. American crows can be seen throughout urban and rural areas as these highly adaptable birds have done very well cohabitating areas with humans. Winter roosts of American crows sometimes number in the millions. Often admired for their intelligence, American crows can work together, devise solutions to problems, and recognize unusual sources of food. Some people regard this resourcefulness and sociality as an annoyance when it leads to large flocks around dumpsters, landfills, and roosting sites; others are fascinated by it. When they are in a group, crows are referred to as a “murder.”

Description: Entirely black, glossy feathers; when crow is molting, old feathers can look brownish/scaly; straight bill; tail is rounded/square at end

Behavior: 

  • Very social; flocks can number in the thousands
  • Live in families; families raise young together
  • Highly intelligent
  • Aggressive; will chase away larger birds – called mobbing when done in groups
  • Patient, methodical flapping
  • Can make and use tools

Nesting: 

  • Clutch size – 3-9 eggs
  • Number of broods – 1-2
  • Egg size – 1.4 – 1.9in long, 1 – 1.2in wide
  • Incubation period – 16-18 days
  • Nestling period – 20-40 days
  • Egg description – Pale blue-green to olive-green; blotches of brown and grey toward bottom

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