Bird Identification Page

Identification aid with pictures of corvids as well as birds commonly mistaken for them.

Birds of the Crow Family
Name Picture Description
CROW

(American Crow: Corvus brachyrhynchos)

(Northwestern crow: Corvus caurinus)
American Crow
Courtesy of HVPP Zoology Page
LARGE Bird
~Length: 16-18 inches
~Wingspan: 39 inches
~Weight: 1 lb
~Colour: All black
~Short tail, broad wings
RAVEN

(Corvus corax)
Raven
Photographer Unknown
VERY LARGE Bird
~Length: 24 inches
~Wingspan: 53 inches
~Weight: 2.5 lb
~Colour: All black
~Long narrow wings, wedged shaped tail, heavy bill
BLUE JAY

(Cyanocitta cristata)
Blue Jay
E.T. Jones Copyright 1998 Courtesy of Provincial Museum of Alberta
MEDIUM sized bird
~Length: 11 inches
~Wingspan: 16 inches
~Weight: 3 oz
~Colour: Blue and gray with white and black markings
Birds Commonly Mistaken as Members of the Crow Family
Name Picture Description
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD

(Agelaius phoeniceus)
Red-winged Blackbird
Courtesy of "Backyard Birding" Indiana U.S.A.
SMALL bird
~Length: 8-9 inches
~Wingspan: 13 inches
~Weight: 2 oz
~Colour: All black except for red and white wing patches
COMMON GRACKLE

(Quiscalus quiscula)
Common Grackle
Courtesy of "Backyard Birding" Indiana U.S.A.
MEDIUM sized bird
~Length: 11-14 inches
~Colour: All black with bluish sheen to feathers
EUROPEAN STARLING

(Sturnus vulgaris)
European Starling
E.T. Jones Copyright 1998 Courtesy of Provincial Museum of Alberta
SMALL bird
~Length: 8-9 inches
~Wingspan: 16 inches
~Weight: 3 oz
~Colour: Black to brown body with white markings
RELATIVE SIZE OF BIRDS

Relative size of birds-from left; Starling, Crow, Raven
Courtesy of Hugh Whitney

Left to right:
Starling (small); Crow (large); Raven (very large).

This picture is to help in identification of bird species by providing a comparison of size.
Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Center
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