Photography of Birds – Set # 270
Set # 270
Visual differentiation from the American crow is extremely difficult and often inaccurate. Nonetheless, differences apart from size do exist. Fish Crows tend to have more slender bills and feet. There may also be a small sharp hook at the end of the upper bill. Fish crows also appear as if they have shorter legs when walking. More dramatically, when calling, fish crows tend to hunch and fluff their throat feathers.
From beak to tail, an American crow measures 40–50 cm (16–20 in), almost half of which is tail. Mass varies from about 300 to 600 g (11 to 21 oz). Males tend to be larger than females. The most usual call is CaaW!-CaaW!-CaaW!.
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I love crows. It’s always fun to see them, both in real life and in your photos!
You are sweet, Linda. Thank you very much. 🙂
Interesting these Fish Crows HJ, how do they fish, swooping down like a raptor?
It’s more like a any gull. Thank you, Ashley. 🙂
I would certainly have great difficulty telling the two apart!
I think you would notice the difference if you saw them. Thanks, D. 🙂
Great info about the distinguishing features of these two crows. Interestingly, someone just recently remarked to me that it’s hard to tell which is which. I said I have to wait till they say something, as I can only tell by their “voice“!☺️
If a crow is wet and is not raining, or eating fish and it’s raw, most likely that it is a Fish Crow. Thank you, Carol. 🙂
What a great way to remember, HJ!☺️
Good news, I finally got my Fish Crow this week at Dauphin Island!
Congratulations, Brian! 👍