American Crow

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae


  • Size: 15.8″ to 20.9″
  • Long legs, thick necks, and a heavy, straight bill.
  • Short tail that’s rounded or squared off.
  • Black all over, with a glossiness to their feathers that depends on the light.
  • Sounds like a harsh “caaw.”
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Fruits
  • Insects
  • Fish
  • Mussels/Clams
  • Eggs/Nestlings
  • Carrion
  • Platform
  • Ground

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Short-distance Migrant or Resident

  • Crows have been known to make and use tools, as well as choose the correct tool for a task when presented with different options.