Crows at the Zoo
Edgar Allen Crow
All 4 were brought to the zoo with injuries – none are flight capable. They currently live in a mixed-species exhibit with a Turkey Vulture and Yellow-Bellied Marmot.
One of the most intelligent species of bird. Very social – may gather in communal roosts of many thousands in a single grove. They are very opportunistic when it comes to feeding – which they mostly do on the ground.
What do they eat?
They are omnivorous and have a very wide variety of tastes including fruit, grain, seeds, eggs, carion (roadkill), shellfish, snakes, frogs, insects and snails to name a few.
How long do they live?
7-10 years in the wild; a few decades in captivity
How many can be born at a time?
4-6 eggs will be laid on average.
Where are they found?
Their recognizable “Caw” can be heard over much of the U.S.; most are permanent residents – some northern flocks will head south in winter time.
- A group of crows is called a “Murder”
- They are excellent mimics and can mimic both humans and other wildlife.
- They are incredible problem solvers
- They will hoard food for a “Rainy Day” – planning is a strong sign of intellect.