American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

Bird | Southern Canada, the United States, Northern Mexico

Animal Info

Corvids are the most intelligent and adaptable of all the birds. They have a highly evolved social system that aids them in dealing with any situation. And in case you hadn’t noticed, crows are very vocal! They’ve even been known to mimic human speech.

Diet

In the wild: Vegetables, nuts, fruit, insects, mice, eggs, young birds, carrion

At the Zoo: Beef, thawed frozen mice, lake smelt, dog kibble

Habitat

Grasslands, open woodlands, forests, coastal areas, farmland, cities

Conservation Status

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – least concern

Crows are considered pests in some agricultural areas, leading to the invention of the scarecrow. Crow numbers have been quite steady, but high susceptibility to West Nile virus may cause population decreases in the near future.