Copyright Barbara Samuelson 1997
Northwestern Crow (Corvus caurinus). Length 16" Inhabits northwestern
coastal areas and islands, where it is a common scavenger along the shore.
It closely resembles the American Crow and is considered a subspecies.
The American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) adult is 17 to 21
inches long, weighs about a pound, and is entirely black. The color enables
crows to identify one another from great distances. At night, the color
helps them hide from animals that prey upon them such as raccoons,
owls, and hawks.
Crows live 7 to 8 years. Crows eat grasshoppers, snakes, garbage, and
waste grain in fields, as well as earthworms and baby birds. The American
crow is the most widespread of the 4 crow species, found in every state
except Hawaii. Crows vocalize uttering cawing, rattling, clicking and
bell-like sounds. They are natural mimics and have been heard imitating
human speech, bulldozer engines, barking dogs and telephones. Crows mate
for life and never run off their young.