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American Crow
Corvus brachyrhynchos

Jays and Crows
Corvid Family (Corvidae)

Size: Length: 43-53.5 cm Wingspan: 84-102 cm

Description: The American crow is a black bird with a thin beak and a fan shaped tail.

Similar Species: The more common raven is often mistaken with the American crow, but the crow has a slimmer bill, and the fan-shaped tail of the crow help distinguish the two.

Range: The American crow is found across most of Canada, and is a year-round resident through much of the United States. In the Canadian Rockies, it is a occasional summer nester, but it leaves the Rockies in the autumn. It is a year-round resident through the southern U.S. Rockies.

Habitat: Crows can be found just about anywhere. They are diverse and flexible. Crows are fond of open areas for feeding with more wooded nesting sites. As man opened up much of the continent for farming, he created perfect habitat for the crow.

Diet: They will eat just about anything, including carrion, insects, small mammals, eggs, nestlings and a diverse list of plants.

Nesting: The nest may be in tree, bush, telephone pole or even on the ground. The nest is a cup made of twigs, stems, branches and lined with bark and sometimes mud. They then add a soft inner lining of moss, hair, feathers, etc. The female lays between 3 and 6 buff to olive-brown eggs which will be speckled by darker shades of brown or olive-brown. Incubation is 18 days, after which the altricial, downy hatchlings emerge. They are fed by both parents, fledging after approximately 35 days.

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