Sunday, December 8, 2013

American Crow

This American Crow launched from the top of an overhead Hackberry tree in the Carleton College arboretum. This species is one of the most common North American birds, described by Verbeek and Caffrey (2002) as a “cunning, inquisitive, vocal opportunist.” I don’t think this crow fed on the Hacberry—about a half dozen of his noisy compatriots flew about, perhaps scolding us.

I have blogged about American Crows at least once before. The modern clearing and colonization of America created ideal crow habitat. People persecuted crows, who quickly learned that cities provide relatively safe havens from guns and also provide abundant food. Crows roost communally and, as most residents of the Twin Cities are aware, these roosts can contain thousands of birds.

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