Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Crow vs Raven

24 March 2019 found us in Missoula, Montana. Although we enjoyed decent weather and road conditions, March proved to be a poor month for birding. We did enjoy seeing Common Ravens and American Crows in Missoula. The two species are fairly easy to identify. Crows are smaller than ravens. Note the much more massive bill of the raven in the second photo. Crows have square-ended tails, whereas a raven’s tail is wedge-shaped—long at the center but with short outer tail feathers. Finally, the calls are quite different—“caws” from crows, “croaks” from ravens.

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