If*you*live in the US then you've probably already seen a crow if you recognized it or not. The common crow has a distinctive if not dramatic appearance and a less than melodic sound. With this information you'll be sure to spot one.
The*common*American crow can be found living throughout almost all of the U.S. Hereís how to spot it.
** * Binoculars
** * Field guide
How*To*Identify Birds: the Common Crow: Observe the bird's field marks
Step*1:*Observe the bird's field marks
Consider*the*birdís appearance through binoculars and compare it with the pictures in your field guide. Crows are all black, including their bills and legs. Their bills are thick and sturdy.
How*To*Identify Birds: the Common Crow: Listen to the bird's call
Step*2:*Listen to the bird's call
Pay*attention*to the birdís call. Adult crows typically produce a full-voiced caw.
There*can*be variations in the crowís caw. Crows can actually mimic the whine of a dog, the voice of a human, and the squawk of a hen.
How*To*Identify Birds: the Common Crow: Observe the bird in flight
Step*3:*Observe the bird in flight
Observe*the*birdís flight pattern. Crows exhibit a methodical flapping of their wings and do not soar like ravens do.
How*To*Identify Birds: the Common Crow: Observe the bird's posture
Step*4:*Observe the bird's posture
Consider*the*birdís posture. Crows perch in a manner that tends to be more horizontal than vertical.
The*oldest*recorded age of a wild American crow is 14 years and seven months.