American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos
The american crow is a cousin to the common raven/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach
The American crow is a common, permanent resident that breeds in the Refuge and on the Peninsula. It builds a bulky nest of twigs in either a conifer or deciduous tree. It is a scavenger so it eats almost anything including seeds, and the eggs and young of other birds. It can be seen on the beaches, in parks, in the harbors, at the dump, and in most of the Refuge units. The West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, affects American crows and in fact, these birds usually die from the disease. They do not and cannot transmit the disease to humans. However, they are the beacons of whether the West Nile virus is present in an area. 

Facts About American Crow

All black bird

Has a powerful beak

Has a fan-shaped tail