Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos
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General Comments The American Crow, formerly named the Common Crow, is so common and conspicuous across the entire state that it needs little comment. Despite their abundance, they become remarkably secretive when nesting, and finding an active nest is not easy. They nest normally in medium growth to fairly dense mixed pine/hardwood forests (nest is typically built in a pine tree), but they forage in nearby croplands, pastures, residential areas, and other open areas such as landfills. They often form sizable flocks in fall and winter, up to dozens of birds.
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Coastal Plain Permanent resident, with migratory movements; apparently increasing. Very conspicuous except when nesting. Very common in summer, and very common to abundant in winter, over essentially all of the province. Less common on the Outer Banks and other coastal islands, and can be scarce at times there. Peak counts:
Piedmont Permanent resident, with migratory movements; apparently increasing. Very conspicuous except when nesting. Very common in summer, and very common to abundant in winter, over essentially all of the province. Peak counts:
Mountains Permanent resident, with migratory movements; apparently increasing. Very conspicuous except when nesting. Common at all seasons, up to about 4,000 feet; uncommon higher, and occasionally noted even above 6,500 feet (i.e., black corvids at high elevations are not necessarily Common Ravens; crows often outnumber them). Peak counts:
Finding Tips None needed.
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Attribution LeGrand[2012-09-15], LeGrand[2011-12-10], LeGrand[2011-08-13]
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