Species of the Week: The American Crow

Photo by Nata Culhane

This week we’re looking at the American Crow. Their scientific name, Corvus brachyrhynchos, comes from Ancient Greek — it translates to ‘short-billed crow.’ Interestingly, a group of Crows found together is called a ‘murder.’ Crows live in family groups that can have as many as 15 individuals with young from 5 different years! American Crows don’t typically mate until they are 3-5 years old. As with other members of the crow family, such as the Common Raven and Blue Jay, they are considered intelligent and have occasionally been seen making and using tools. They will also follow other bird species in order to locate their nests, whereupon they steal their eggs and young. These birds are extremely common throughout Murphys Point — often seen perching high above campground roads in trees and on telephone wires

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