American Crow (Corvus brachyrhnchos)




Identification: American crows (Corvus brachyrhnchos) are black medium-sized birds. The American crow has a slight gloss to its plumage and has a relatively large bill. The darkness and the glossiness of the plumage depend on the light. One can usually hear the cawing voices.


Habitat: Most commonly found in open woodlands, on top of treetops.


Overview: American crows are omnivores and like to feed off of nuts, berries, and seeds. The American crow likes to eat the eggs of robins, jays, terns, and loons. The crow usually leaves their nest near the trunk of the tree. Crows have 3-9 eggs in a clutch. The egg's color is a bluish-green to olive green with brown spots and some gray toward the larger end. The American crow is a social bird and usually stays together all year round. The flock will help raise the young.


Time of year: One usually can find crows around Feb, March, April, and June.


Fun fact: Crows usually don’t visit feeders. Leaving peanuts outside is a good way to attract them. The oldest record of a wild crow is 16 years and 4 months.