Fish Crow

Corvus ossifragus

Image of a fish crow, Corvus ossifragus, perched on a white pole or pipe.
Image by Rhododendrites on Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Physical: Fish crows are medium-sized birds of the Corvidae family, closely related to the American crow, that is more typical. They are roughly 15 to 19 inches (38 to 48 cm) long. Their entire body is covered in black, including their feet, legs, and beak. One distinguishing trait is their voice, which makes a nasal “cah,” especially when in contrast to the American crow.

Habitat: Fish crows typically inhabit coastal habitats like beaches, marshes, and tidal rivers. Additionally, they can be seen farther inland close to freshwater wetlands, rivers, and lakes.

Feeding: Fish crows are commonly observed eating small fish and crabs, especially in coastal locations, living up to their name. However, they eat a variety of things, including insects, amphibians, and other small species. They are also known to scavenge and can be seen foraging in garbage and picking up roadkill.

Breeding: Like other crows, fish crows are known to be monogamous and form long-term pair bonds. They build nests in trees, often near water. These nests are made from sticks and lined with softer materials. The female typically lays 3-6 eggs, and both parents play a role in incubating the eggs and feeding the chicks.

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