French: Corneille d’Alaska German: Alaskakrähe Spanish: Cuervo de Alaska
S. F. Baird
Fort Steilacoom, Washington, USA
S Alaska (E from Kodiak I) and coast and islands of SW Canada S in USA to NW Washington.
42–45 cm; male 378–458 g, female 340–392 g. A small crow with medium-length tail and smallish bill. Plumage is entirely black, with purple sheen on head,... read more
Likely as complex as that of C. brachyrhynchos, but not so well studied. Coarse, deep-... read more
Restricted to beaches, rocky shores, tidelands, and river courses of coast and nearby islands.... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, but specializing on marine and terrestrial invertebrates, especially crabs (Decapoda), clams, mussels, and carrionWaiting for... read more
Egg-laying Apr–Jun. Monogamous; occasionally (c. 20% of nests) with a single helper (offspring from previous year); loosely colonial... read more
Resident. Moves considerably outside breeding season to utilize locally abundant foods.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Populations of crows within the range of this species increased substantially in 1960s and 1970s. More recently, urban populations have increased,... read more
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