American Crow

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) as seen in our Aquarium Gardens exhibit.

This animal is not part of an Aquarium exhibit, but is rather a native species that lives on or regularly visits the extensive gardens or wooded areas of the property.

Also known as the “common crow,” these birds exists in one form or another on every continent except South America. The American Crow is the most common species in North America and they can be found almost everywhere from the open country to urban areas. Like the coyote and the raccoon, their adaptability has actually aided them in their contacts with human beings, giving them new food and shelter sources. It is believed that crows are more numerous now than they were prior to the arrival of Europeans on the North American continent. Crows usually measure between 17 and 21 inches (43 to 53 cm) in length with a stocky build and a short, heavy bill. Their glossy all-black feathering often causes people to mistake them for the larger raven. On the Aquarium grounds, crows are most commonly seen in the trees surrounding the parking lot, probably because they are in close proximity to our picnic area and potential food sources. Crows can be identified by their distinctive “caw caw” call.


Range & Habitat

Crows can be found in virtually habitat throughout Oregon, including densely populated urban areas.


Conservation Status

Common.

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