Beak of the Week: American Crow


It’s that time of year when owls, vultures, ravens, and this week’s “Beak of the Week,” crows, show up everywhere in Halloween decorations! Whether it’s their black feathers that make for an ominous presence, their mythological significance as the bearers of bad news, their cacophonous caw, or their reputation for eating almost anything, including human remains, crows are one of the most popular birds at this spooky time of year! However, did you know that crows are highly intelligent and friendly birds? They can count, make tools, are devoted to their family units,  and are highly adaptable to most environments. Keep reading to learn more!

Portrait of  the American Crow 

Common Name: American Crow

Latin Name: Corvus brachyrhynchos

Range:  Year-round across North America. Summers across Canada.

Habitat: Can be found in every type of habitat.

Diet: Almost anything.

Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Pop Culture is at it again!

Over and over again, we have seen pop culture initiate or perpetuate myths about certain birds. Here are some examples of movies that possibly explain why a group of Crows is called a murder!

The Birds, 1963

The Crow, 1994

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, 1985

Happy Halloween and Happy Birding!

Danielle + Michelle


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