Calling All Corvids: Meet the Different Species of Crow

13th March, 2024


Crows are familiar, but just the tip of the iceberg! The Corvid family is full of brilliant birds with unique personalities and amazing abilities. 

What Makes a Corvid?

● Members of the Corvidae family include ravens, jays, magpies, and more. High Intelligence: Known for problem-solving, using tools, and understanding abstract concepts. Adaptable Generalists: Thrive in various habitats, often living near humans.

American Crow

● Widespread across North America. Social and Cooperative: Live in large flocks with complex family structures. Vocal Virtuosos: Make a wide range of caw clicks and even mimic other sounds.

Common Raven

Larger than crows, with a shaggy throat and wedge-shaped tail. Range across the Northern Hemisphere – mountains, forests, and coasts. ● Cultural icons are featured in mythology and folklore due to their cleverness.

Eurasian Magpie

Bold and Beautiful: Instantly recognizable by their long tail, white belly, and iridescent blue-black feathers. Thieving Reputation: A fondness for shiny objects, sometimes pilfering buttons or jewelry. Surprisingly Smart: One of the few animals that can recognize themselves in a mirror!

Blue Jay

Eastern Backyard Star: Common across eastern North America, known for bold personalities. Noisy Neighbors: Loud, harsh calls can mimic hawks or other birds. Acorn Architects: Play a key role in spreading oak trees by burying acorns and forgetting some.

Clark's Nutcracker

Seed Specialist: Adapted to feed on pine seeds, prying them from tough cones. Memory Marvel: Can cache up to 30,000 seeds and remember their locations for months! Mountain Bird: Inhabits conifer forests of western North America.

Fish Crow

Coastal Resident: Found along the eastern seaboard and US Gulf Coast. Scavenger's Diet: Will snatch fish, crabs, and even food scraps from beachgoers. Tell by the Call: A two-note "caw-uh" call distinguishes them from American Crows.


Noisy Colonies: Form large "rookeries" – social nesting groups – in Europe and Asia. Pale Face: Adults have a distinctive bare patch of grayish-white skin around the bill. Farmland Favorites: Common in agricultural areas, forming large flocks in fields.