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Location: Playa del Rey, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=50' MAP
Date: January 29, 2016
ID : B13K0111 [4896 x 3264]

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American Crow Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Malibu Lagoon, CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.7W, elev=8' MAP
Date: February 21, 2012
ID : B13K4314 [4896 x 3264]

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American Crow Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: The Everglades, FL
GPS: 25.3N, -80.9W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 15, 2010
ID : 7C2V6944 [3888 x 2592]

American Crow Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 23, 2008
ID : 8896 [3888 x 2592]

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American Crow Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 5, 2008
ID : 5121 [3888 x 2592]

American Crow Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Monterey, CA
GPS: 36.6N, -121.9W, elev=14' MAP
Date: May 26, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos, is a large passerine bird species of the Corvidae family. It is a common bird found throughout much of North America. It is one of several species of corvid which are entirely black in color, though it can be distinguished from the Common Raven on size and Fish Crow on call and distribution.

Though American Crows are common, widespread and adaptable, they are under threat from the West Nile Virus.

The American Crow is a distinctive bird with iridescent black feathers. Its legs, feet and bill are also black. Several regional forms are recognized and differ in bill proportion and overall size from each other across North America, generally being smallest in the southeast and the far west. Averaging 18 inches (46 cm) in length, it is smaller than the Common Raven. American Crows have a lifespan of 7 to 8 years. Captive birds are known to have lived up to 30 years.

The most usual call is a loud, short, and rapid "caah-caah-caah". Usually, the birds thrust their heads up and down as they utter this call. American Crows can also produce a wide variety of sounds and sometimes mimic noises made by other animals, including other birds.

Visual differentiation from the Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) is extremely difficult and often inaccurate. Nonetheless, differences apart from size do exist. Fish Crows tend to have more slender bills and feet. There may also be a small sharp hook at the end of the upper bill. Fish Crows also appear as if they have shorter legs when walking. More dramatically, when calling, Fish Crows tend to hunch and fluff their throat feathers.

The range of the American Crow extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in Canada, on the French islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, south through the United States, and into northern Mexico. Virtually all types of country from wilderness, farmland, parks, open woodland to towns and major cities are inhabited. The crow is generally a permanent resident, but many birds in the northern parts of the range migrate short distances southward. Outside of the nesting season, these birds often gather in large communal roosts at night. American Crows are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.



                                     




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