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American crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

American crows are similar in appearance to ravens. You can tell them apart by their size, call, flight pattern, flocking behavior and habitat selection.

Crows are members of the Corvidae family. Corvids are oscine passerine birds. That means that they have specialized vocal apparatus (oscine), and are perching (passerine) birds. Other Minnesota corvids include ravens, jays, and magpies.


General description: Large black bird.

Size: About 15 1/2 - 21 inches.

Color: All black, slightly iridescent.

Sounds: Hoarse, cawing call.


Crows are omnivores. They are opportunists and will eat nearly anything.

This song was translated by Irving (Hap) McCue-ba.
Written and sung by Frank Bartley.  

Aandeg ezhi-gwaashkanid nikeye aandeg ezhi-niimid
Crow how he jumps in that direction crow how he dances
Ge giinwa niimiyag.
You(s) are dancing.

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