Corvus ossifragus


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

The Fish Crow is superficially similar to the American Crow but is smaller (36-41 cm in length) and has a more silky smooth plumage by comparison. The upperparts have a blue or blue-green sheen, while the underparts have a more greenish tint to the black. The eyes are dark brown. The differences are often only really apparent between the two species when side by side or, when heard calling. The bill is usually somewhat slimmer than the American Crow, but is only readily distinguishable if both species are seen together. Differences apart from size do exist. Fish crows tend to have more slender bills and feet. There may also be a small sharp hook at the end of the upper bill. Fish crows also appear as if they have shorter legs when walking. More dramatically, when calling, fish crows tend to hunch and fluff their throat feathers.

They are found near coastal areas.

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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