Crows are a favorite bird of mine. Their slick, black feathers are magnificent! I enjoy hearing them call to each other, as they are very social birds. Many stay together in their family units, which can contain up to 15 birds. The younger birds (under 2 years old) of the family help take care of the fledglings, as crows don’t generally mate until they are four years old. Although they have family units, crows tend to flock with each other and can have roosts as large as a million birds. That’s a lot of crow 😉
Crows are known to mob larger prey birds to scare them away from their nests. Although, crows will also be mobbed by other smaller songbirds when they try to take their fledglings.
Crows are opportunists when it comes to food. They eat berries, insects, small rodents, other birds (and their young) and will eat carrion. Their beaks are large, however not very sharp and can’t penetrate skin very well. They need to wait until another creature breaks open the skin or the carrion has had time to decompose and become easier to rip apart.
Crows will also use tools to get hard to reach food. They will use sticks to poke into nooks to reach hiding insects, understand water displacement and can understand how levers work.
Most crows do not migrate for the winter. Their foraging skills and talent for finding edible garbage keeps them full and happy during our nasty winters.
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