American Crow

photo by Phil Swanson

Corvus brachyrhynchos
L 17 1/2″ (45 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

“Caw caw caw

Description: Sexes similar.
Black overall. Long, heavy bill is noticeably smaller than in ravens. In flight, fan-shaped tail distinguishes all crows from ravens (wedge-shaped tail).

Food: An opportunistic feeder, it will consume a variety of plant and animal food: seeds, garbage, insects, mice, eggs, and nestlings.

american crowHabitat: Occurs in a variety of habitats, including forests, wooded river bottoms, suburban areas, parks, and woodlots.

Where in Nebraska: Winter numbers are greatly increased by migrants from farther north.

Nebraska Seasons: Common to abundant spring and fall migrant and summer resident across the state.

Fun Facts: Offspring from previous nesting season will often remain with the family to help raise new young.

American Crow - photo by Matt Sittel American Crow - photo by Phil Swanson
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