Northwestern Crow

Corvus caurinus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Code 4

NOCR

Code 6

CORCAU

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Northwestern Crow has large range reaching up to 400,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in Canada and the United States and demonstrates a preference for a wide range of habitats. It appears in forest and marine locations, including sea cliffs and offshore islands, but also appears in heavily populated urban areas as well. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 1,400,000 individuals. Currently, it is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Northwestern Crow have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Northwestern Crow: Fairly small crow , black overall with dark, stout bill, iridescent violet gloss on body, and blue-black wings. Tail is fan-shaped in flight. Feeds on marine invertebrates, insects, fish, fruits, seeds, carrion, refuse, eggs of seabirds. Direct flight on steady, stiff wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Northwestern Crow: Lives along the coast of the northeastern Pacific Ocean between southern Alaska and the northern tip of Washington. Lives mainly in coastal regions near intertidal zones, but can be found along large rivers as far as 120 km inland. Also found in river deltas, coastal bays, coastal villages, towns and cities, as well as on farmland.

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Northwestern Crow SONGS AND CALLS

Northwestern Crow A1

Hoarse begging calls from two nestlings.

Northwestern Crow A2

Typical call is a harsh, repeated "khaa" or "caw".

Similar Sounding

American Crow C1

Most common call is a repeated "caw-caw".


Voice Text

"caw-caw", "caa-caa"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Northwestern Crow may be only a subspecies of the American Crow. The two are extremely similar, differing just in size and voice.
  • Outside the breeding season, they are quite sociable, roosting and foraging in large flocks. They are intelligent and opportunistic, and quickly take advantage of new sources of food.
  • When foraging in intertidal areas they often store extra food during low tide, when it is plentiful, and consume it during the following high tide, when the intertidal zone is under water.
  • A group of crows has many collective nouns, including a "cauldron", "congress", "horde", "murder", and "muster" of crows.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

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Author

David Lukas

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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