Hi everyone! Well, here we are with our bird today, the “American crow”. Crows are often mistaken for ravens, plus the other way around, but crows are much smaller, about half the size. The western crow is smaller than the eastern but it’s still the same species. There is also the fish crow and the northwestern crow, but they are different species with limited range. The American crow can be found over most of the continent from northern Canada to the southern US, though they avoid the southwestern area. In winter they will form huge roosting colonies of many thousands of birds. For most of their range they are year-round residents, even up here we have a lot of crows that spend the winter now, though even 30 years ago they were rare here in winter. They eat just about anything and during nesting season they young are fed a diet of 80% insects and even the adults eat a large portion of the diet in insects, many are harmful. They are easily attracted to feeders, something most people don’t like since they scare other birds. They are highly intelligent birds as well, can work together and solve problems. They will often help one another, nesting crows will help another pair when their nest is in danger. Ravens often get at their nests. Like ravens, crows are terrible nest robbers. They can also be quite noisy which a lot of people don’t like. They are very susceptible to West Nile virus and usually die within a week. Well, I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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