American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

  • Lifespan in Captivity: 30 years
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 7-8 years
  • Wingspan: 33-39 in
  • Length: 16-21 in
  • Weight: 300-600 grams
  • Range: Southern Canada, United States, Northern Mexico
  • Habitat: wilderness, farmland, parks, open woodland, towns, major cities
  • Diet: Omnivore
    • Diet in the Wild: invertebrates, carrion, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs and nestlings, various grains, mice, young rabbits, other small mammals

Crows are important to their native ecosystems! They disperse seeds and scavenge animal leftovers to help keep their ecosystem clean and free of disease. They also have cultural significance to many people around the world and are thought to bring good or bad luck. They are social animals with large extended families that hunt together. Crows have the intelligence of about a 3 year old!

They use tools and can even put different parts of objects together to create a NEW object to help them get what they want. They are an example of wildlife urbanization where wildlife has less access to wild spaces and become adapted to human spaces.

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