American Crow

(Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Conservation Status
American Crow
Photo by Tom Baker
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern


N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNR - Unranked


not listed






17 to 21in length

33 to 39wingspan




Similar Species

  Common Raven (Corvus corax) is much larger, about the size of a red-tailed hawk. The bill is longer and thicker with a tuft of hair on top at the base. In flight the wings are longer and tapered, and the tail is wedge-shaped. They often soar when flying and are often seen in pairs. The call is deeper, less piercing. Their range in Minnesota is mostly restricted to the north-central and northeast regions but is expanding into the central region.  

Urban areas, agricultural fields, areas with scattered open woodlands




Early February to late October












Abundant migrant and breeder




The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

  Class Aves (birds)  


Passeriformes (perching birds)  


Corvidae (crows, jays, and magpies)  


Corvus (crows and ravens)  

Subordinate Taxa


American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos hargravei)

Eastern Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos brachyrhynchos)

Florida Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos pascuus)

Southern Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos paulus)

Western Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos hesperis)















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Corvus brachyrhyncos




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  American Crow (Corvidae: Corvus brachyrhynchos) Adult
Carl Barrentine

Uploaded on Jun 25, 2009

"How many nights / have I lain in terror, / .... / and above me / a wild crow crying 'yaw yaw yaw' / from a branch nothing cried from ever in my life." --Galway Kinnell Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (25 June 2009).

  American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos), Trinidad Head, Trinidad, California
Rob Mutch

Uploaded on Apr 29, 2011

These crows hang out at the parking area, on large patches of invasive ice plants, waiting for a handout, at the Trinidad Head trailhead.

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  Crow at Pierce Beach, "Crows" - St Brigid's Day 2014
Don Gagnon

Published on Feb 8, 2014

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos), The Bluffs, near Pierce Beach, Somerset, Massachusetts, Saturday afternoon, Saint Brigid's Day, February 1, 2014, 1:03 PM - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_72083; 28 sec.

Music: "Crows-WCPM" by David Biglin (ASCAP) 100% (Acoustic, 0:27)

  Corvus brachyrhynchos
Jim French

Uploaded on Dec 7, 2008

No description available.

  The American Crow

Published on Nov 19, 2012

Sunday afternoon before church; The American Crow ruffing up the ground under the Maple Tree. One crow flew off with a rock in its mouth!




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Afton State Park

Agassiz Dunes SNA

Avon Hills Forest SNA, North Unit

Baker Park Reserve

Banning State Park

Beaver Creek Valley State Park

Belgium Prairie

Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park

Big Stone Lake State Park

Blackhoof River WMA

Blaine Preserve SNA

Blaine Wetland Sanctuary

Blue Devil Valley SNA

Blue Mounds State Park

Bonanza Prairie SNA

Boot Lake SNA

Brownsville Bluff SNA

Buffalo River State Park

Bunker Hills Regional Park

Bur Oak WMA

Camden State Park

Cannon River Trout Lily SNA

Cannon River Turtle Preserve SNA

Cannon River Wilderness Area

Carley State Park

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center

Carver Park Reserve

Cedar Mountain SNA

Cedar Rock SNA

Chamberlain Woods SNA

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

Cherry Grove Blind Valley SNA

Chimney Rock SNA

Clear Lake SNA

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Clinton Falls Dwarf Trout Lily SNA

Cottonwood River Prairie SNA

Crosby Farm Regional Park

Crosstown West Park

Crystal Spring SNA

Des Moines River SNA

Dodge Nature Center

Dry Sand WMA

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Englund Ecotone SNA

Falls Creek SNA

Flandrau State Park

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

Fort Ridgely State Park

Franconia Bluffs SNA

Frontenac State Park

Glacial Lakes Preserve

Glendalough State Park

Gneiss Outcrops SNA

Great River Bluffs State Park

Greenleaf Lake SRA

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Gustafson’s Camp SNA

Hampton Woods WMA

Hardscrabble Woods / MG Tusler

Hastings Sand Coulee SNA

Hastings SNA

Helen Allison Savanna SNA

Hemlock Ravine SNA

Hyland Lake Park Reserve

Hythecker Prairie SNA

Interstate State Park

Iron Horse Prairie SNA

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John A. Latsch State Park

John Peter Hoffman Spring Brook Valley WMA

Joy Park

Kasota Prairie

Kasota Prairie SNA

Kettledrummer Prairie

Kilen Woods State Park

La Salle Lake SNA

Lake Bronson State Park

Lake Byllesby Regional Park

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Lake Louise State Park

Lake Maria State Park

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Lake Shetek State Park

Lawrence Creek SNA

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Lester Lake SNA

Lost Valley Prairie SNA

Lutsen SNA

Maplewood Heights Park

Maplewood State Park

Mary Schmidt Crawford Woods SNA

McKnight Prairie

Miesville Ravine Park Reserve

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

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Minneopa State Park

Minnesota Valley NWR, Chaska Unit

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Moose Lake State Park

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

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Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo

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Potato Lake SNA

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Prairie Bush Clover SNA

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Rice Lake State Park

Ripley Esker SNA

Ritter Farm Park

River Terrace Prairie SNA

Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve

St. Croix Savanna SNA

St. Croix State Park

Sakatah Lake State Park

Sandpiper Prairie SNA

Savage Fen SNA

Savanna Portage State Park

Scenic State Park

Schaefer Prairie

Schoolcraft State Park

Sedan Brook Prairie SNA

Seminary Fen SNA

Seven Mile Creek County Park

Seven Springs WMA

Shooting Star Prairie SNA

Sibley State Park

Spring Creek Prairie SNA

Spring Lake Park Reserve

Spring Lake Regional Park

Stanley Eddy Memorial Park Reserve

Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center

Sunfish Lake Park

Swedes Forest SNA

Tamarack Nature Center

Terrace Oaks West

Thompson County Park

Townsend Woods SNA

Twin Lakes SNA

Uncas Dunes SNA

Upper Sioux Agency State Park

Vermillion Highlands Research Recreation and WMA

Whitetail Woods Regional Park

Whitewater State Park

Wild River State Park

William O’Brien State Park

Wood-Rill SNA

Woodbury WMA

Woodland Trails Park

Zumbro Falls Woods SNA





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