Wild Bird Wednesday–American Crow

Stewart is sharing his House Sparrows with us this week at Paying Ready Attention. Who knew they were in Australia?!

This week, I am featuring the American Crow. They stay in our area year-round, but autumn brings a lot more of them. Situated on the east coast of the United States, we are in the migration path known as the Atlantic Flyway.

Crows are found in many habitats, from wooded areas, to beaches, to urban areas. They will eat just about anything, including the young nestlings of other birds. 

allaboutbirds.org states the oldest recorded crow in the wild lived 16 years, and a captive crow in New York lived  59 years. They are highly susceptible to West Nile Virus that wiped out large numbers of them. There is a lot more information available if you click the link at the beginning of this paragraph.

American Crow

American Crow

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25 thoughts on “Wild Bird Wednesday–American Crow

    • They’re all considered American Crows in the east. There’s a Northwestern Crow in the Pacific Northwest, though it is smaller, Robin. Was it large enough to be a vulture?

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  1. They look like the grackles at the lake and in our parking lots. I had no idea West Nile has claimed so many. West Nile took the life of a dear colleague in the 90’s. It was so unheard of our local news covered her death.
    Amazing information! To think one lived to be 59!

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    • I didn’t know they could contract West Nile, either, Georgette. Sorry to hear about your friend, it was rather scary to hear those reports back then. 59 is hard to believe, though the large parrots live at least that long in captivity.

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  2. What a handsome fellow. Interesting info that you’ve shared. I didn’t know about crows being susceptible to West Nile Virus. That’s sad and somewhat scary. We have many crows around here. They argue all the time and are so pretty. 🙂

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    • They do seem to argue among themselves, but it sounds more like they’re laughing at me from the top of a light pole in a parking lot. “Ha!” As opposed to “Caw.”

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