Crows at the Zoo

Caw Caw

Walter

Crowseph

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.

Description

(Corvus Brachyrhynchos)

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.

Interesting facts:
  • 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.