When trying to control birds it is important to be able to identify the bird, and know their nesting habits.
Two main species of Crows:
· Larger more common crow found across the country.
Big black colored bird approximately 17 to 20 inches long with a strong stout build and a compressed bill
· The Fishing Crow is a smaller darker version of the Common Crow found in the Southest.
· Both are scavenger hunters and will eat a wide variety of things.
· Common Food items:
Insects, frogs, small snakes, eggs, mice and dead animal carcasses, newly planted crops such as corn.
· Crows are well known for their intelligence.
· They are social birds and the flock is in constant communication making hunting or capture of the bird very difficult.
· The crow is a federally protected bird.
· The Crow is black from bill to tip of wing and claws with a metallic violet gloss on body and a blue-violet/green-blue gloss on wings. Adults have black eyes while juveniles have blue eyes.
Crows can have a big impact in agriculture but are minor compared to pigeons, starling and house sparrows.
CROW QUICK FACTS
6-7 years in the
wild; up to 20 captivity
Continental U.S. Suburban/ Rural areas near water
Scavenger, eats almost anything: insects, snakes, dead animals,
human food scraps, eggs and garbage
Tall trees and buildings 20 to 100 feet up