Corvus brachyrhynchos


Common Names: American crow
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Jays, Crows, Magpies, & Ravens


It is a common bird found throughout much of North America. The American crow is a distinctive bird with iridescent black feathers all over. Its legs, feet and bill are also black. It is one of several species of corvid that are entirely black, though it can be distinguished from the other two such birds in its range, from the Common Raven (C. corax) by size and behavior and from the Fish Crow (C. ossifragus) by call. It is also distinguished from the Raven by its smaller, more curved bill than the parallel bill of the raven, and its squared tail. The most usual call is a loud, short, and rapid caaw-caaw-caaw. Usually, the birds thrust their heads up and down as they utter this call. American crows can also produce a wide variety of sounds and sometimes mimic noises made by other animals, including other birds.

American crows have become adapted to humans an can be found in residential as well as city areas, forests, coastal areas and pretty much anywhere else in Connecticut.

Edible Notes: There are numerous reports of crows being eaten throughout history, though it's not common now.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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