Crow Corvus bird

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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Corvidae
  • Genus: Corvus
  • Conservation status: Least concern
  • Wing span: 55 - 65 cm (21-25 inch)
  • Speed: 50 - 70 km/h (30 - 60mph)
  • Lifespan: 20 years
  • Clutch size: 3 - 6 Eggs
crow bird

The crow is one of the four European species of birds that belong taxonomically speaking to the Corvus genus, Corvidae family. The larger ones have a strong beak with black plumage, and are widely spread from Western Europe to the steppes of Asia, Altai land. The other version is smaller with dark plumage with shades of purple, reaching Asia eastward to the Pacific coast.

The crow is a bird which lives in relatively large groups in the lowlands, hills with forests, and fields. It is prevalent in the west: Ireland, UK, France and Northern Spain to the steppes of Altai. It doesnt live in Switzerland and some regions of Austria and Italy. The spreading limit towards northern Europe is Denmark, south of Sweden and south-east of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. In the winter months it falls back to the southern Balkans: Greece and Turkey.

It was successfully reintroduced by man in New Zealand where it is now vigorously decimated.

Food Crow

Like other birds of this family, crows consume food of vegetal and animal origin, from worms, snails, insects larvae, small mammals, such as rodents and occasionally birds or their eggs, cadavers, fruits, various vegetable seeds and crops they peck out the ground.

Features Crow

The crow (45cm) does not change its black plumage during the year so its appearance can not be confused with other species. It has a little crooked beak, sharp and strong. It is a smooth flyer and its croaking is easily recognized, changing its tone when the bird is agressive or greets its pair. They are active during the day and can be seen on fields from dawn to dusk.


Reproduction Crow

They nest in trees, live in colonies and fly in large flocks. They can be sedentary or migratory birds depending on the low temperatures in the regions where they live. Crows are monogamous, nest in trees, under bridges, bushes.

The crow can lay a maximum of 9 eggs, greenish gray, hatched for 16-19 days by the female, which is fed by the male. The young stay in the nest until the age of 1 month, while they are fed by both parents. At 1 year old the young is apt for reproduction.

Did you know that:

Crows can live up to 20 years?

The highest density of crows in Romania is in the Baragan Plain and around the capital Bucharest.

Crows can occupy all areas and ecological niches, from the polar ices, all types of forests, plains, agricultural areas, deltas, mountains, deserts, to areas inhabited by man, where they even get to thrive.

Crows are omnivores. They eat everything without fuss, including carrion and garbage.

The first crows appeared in the Miocene, 17 million years ago, in Australia and Oceania.

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