(Corvus brachrhynchus)

FUN FACT

American crows are creative foragers - they have been observed making simple tools in order to retrieve food, following other birds back to their nests to steal their eggs, and even stealing dog food!

American crows are readily recognizable and are unmistakably large black birds.  They are omnivorous and highly adaptable and can be seen in a wide variety of habitats.  The Corvid family, to which American crows belong, is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent groups of birds.  They are also very social -- in the winter, American crows gather in huge flocks consisting of hundreds or thousands of birds.  In the sping and summer, these flocks break up into pairs and small family groups for nesting.

Distribution

Throughout the United States and southern Canada.

Habitat

Varied -- fields, forests, urban and suburban settings.

Diet

Omnivorous -- including seeds, grains, fruits, carrion, invertebrates and human food.

Breeding

American crows build large stick nests and generally lay 3-6 eggs green eggs with brown markings. The incubation for American crows is 18 days and the chicks hatch with their eyes closed and without feathers. Young crows may remain with their parents for years and may help to raise subsequent broods.

Status

Not Under Threat (Least Concern)

At the Aviary

See Minnie, our American crow, during special presentations and classes only. This bird is not currently on exhibit.