Northwestern Crow

Scientific Name: Corvus caurinus

Habitat: Northwestern Crows can be found mainly in coastal areas, beaches, forests near shores, cities, towns, dumps, and campgrounds.

Diet: Northwestern Crows are Omnivores. Since they usually live in coastal areas, Northwestern Crows eat a lot of aquatic food such as fish, shell fish, and aquatic invertebrates. They also eat seabird eggs, berries, insects, carrion, and human trash.

Sound: The Northwestern Crow’s call is a harsh and grating caw! caw! caw!

Behavior: Northwestern Crows walk with jerky strides, and often forage for food at dumpsters and garbage cans. To crack the shells of shell fish they drop the shell fish on rocks or roads, and then eat the meat inside. Northwestern Crows are intelligent and curios birds. They can often be observed holding things in their bills, and they eat almost anything they can find.

Nesting: Both the male and female help build the nest. It is made of sticks and twigs, and lined with rootlets, mud, grass, and the bark of cedar trees. Northwestern Crows lay 3 to 6 eggs, and incubate them for 17 to 20 days. The nest is usually placed in the canopy of a tree or in a shrub.

Description/field marks: Northwestern Crows are completely black. They are about 16 inches long, and have a wingspan of about 32 inches. Northwestern Crows have black eyes, and males and females look the same. The Northwestern Crow is easy to mix up with the American crow or common raven, but the Northwestern Crow is considerably smaller than both.

Northwestern Crow

Northwestern Crow

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