A large, long-legged, thick-necked bird with a heavy, straight bill. In flight, the wings are fairly broad and rounded with the wingtip feathers spread like fingers. The short tail is rounded or squared off at the end.


Nearly twice the size of a Blue Jay; about two-thirds the size of a Common Raven


  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 15.8-20.9 in (40-53 cm)
    • Weight: 11.2-21.9 oz (316-620 g)
    • Wingspan: 33.5-39.4 in (85-100 cm)

Color Pattern

American Crows are all black, even the legs and bill. When crows molt, the old feathers can appear brownish or scaly compared to the glossy new feathers.

American Crows are very social, sometimes forming flocks in the thousands. Inquisitive and sometimes mischievous, crows are good learners and problem-solvers, often raiding garbage cans and picking over discarded food containers. They’re also aggressive and often chase away larger birds including hawks, owls and herons.

American Crows are common birds of fields, open woodlands, and forests. They thrive around people, and you’ll often find them in agricultural fields, lawns, parking lots, athletic fields, roadsides, towns, and city garbage dumps.

Regional Differences

Crows in the West are slightly smaller than eastern crows (noticeably so for people with trained eyes). Crows in Florida are small with large feet.

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