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    Fish Crow

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    Fish Crow

    Corvus ossifragus
    • ORDER: Passeriformes
    • FAMILY: Corvidae
    Basic Description

    Not everyone realizes it, but there are two kinds of crows across much of the eastern United States. Looking almost identical to the ubiquitous American Crow, Fish Crows are tough to identify until you learn their nasal calls. Look for them around bodies of water, usually in flocks and sometimes with American Crows. They are supreme generalists, eating just about anything they can find. Fish Crows have expanded their range inland and northward along major river systems in recent decades.

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    Find This Bird

    To find Fish Crows, you’ll want to listen out for them. Chances are that many of the crows around coastlines, lakes, and waterways within this species’ range are Fish Crows. It will be very hard to tell them apart from American Crows by sight, but listen for the short, nasal, often doubled cah notes to give them away.

    Other Names
    • Cuervo Pescador (Spanish)
    • Corneille de rivage (French)
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