American Crow

American Crow
Classification(s) : Prey
Cat Name : Crow
Common Name : American Crow
Scientific Name : Corvus brachyrhynchos
Other Name(s) :
Physical Description :

The American Crow is a large passerine bird, with entirely black, iridescent feathers. Its legs, feet and bill are also black, and males tend to be larger than females. Their bills are strong and their tail can be considered short. These birds sometimes get mixed up with ravens, but crows are smaller in size.

Physical Statistics :

Length: 16 – 21 inches (40 – 53 cm)

Weight: 11.1 – 21.9 oz (316 – 620g)

Wingspan: 33 – 39 inches (85 – 100 cm)

Behavior :

The American Crow is often considered one of the most intelligent species of bird, and can be found in both the wild and human environments. These birds have a very distinct ‘caaw’, but are also known to produce a variety of other sounds or imitations. Crows are most often found in areas that have trees and feed on all sorts of things including insects, carrion, human food, fruits and nuts. They also are known hunters and will prey on small animals such has mice, frogs and young rabbits. If not hunting, to search for food they will likely scavenge.

Social Organization :

American Crows are monogamous breeders, and will remain in a pair for many years within a larger group. They are more often seen in groups than alone, and the groups that they stay within often include many family members. These groups help with foraging, roosting and raising young.

Approval Level : None; The American Crow is a common species
Kill Difficulty : Low;

Crows usually only attack to defend a nest, and often try to frighten away predators rather than harm. If pounced on in surprise, it is hard for the crow to fight back, and even if fighting, cats usually win.

Training Level : General;

Stalking is most appropriate, and no specific bird tactic is needed.

Hunting Tactic : Birds
Food Quality : Medium; Decent amount of flesh within the bird, enough to feed a cat but there is risk of gaining illness due to the bird's scavenging behaviour.

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