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Crow

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.


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