American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

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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 bill. Their glossy all-black feathering often causes people to mistake them for the larger Common Raven. Crows can be identified by their distinctive “caw caw” call.

Range and Habitat

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

Conservation Status