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Merlin Bird ID

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    American Crow Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      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.

      Relative Size

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

      Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
      • 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)

    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.