Bird Identification Page

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

Birds of the Crow Family

American Crow

CROW
(American Crow: Corvus brachyrhynchos)
(Northwestern crow: Corvus caurinus)

LARGE Bird
Length: 16-18 inches
Wingspan: 39 inches
Weight: 1 lb
Colour: All black
Short tail, broad wings

Photo courtesy of HVPP Zoology Page

Raven

RAVEN
(Corvus corax)

VERY LARGE Bird
Length: 24 inches
Wingspan: 53 inches
Weight: 2.5 lb
Colour: All black
Long narrow wings, wedged shaped tail, heavy bill

Photographer Unknown

Blue Jay

BLUE JAY
(Cyanocitta cristata)

MEDIUM sized bird
Length: 11 inches
Wingspan: 16 inches
Weight: 3 oz
Colour: Blue and gray with white and black markings

Photo by E.T. Jones Copyright 1998 Courtesy of Provincial Museum of Alberta

Birds Commonly Mistaken as Members of the Crow Family

 

Red-winged Blackbird

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
(Agelaius phoeniceus)

SMALL bird
Length: 8-9 inches
Wingspan: 13 inches
Weight: 2 oz
Colour: All black except for red and white wing patches

Photo courtesy of "Backyard Birding" Indiana U.S.A.

Common Grackle

COMMON GRACKLE
(Quiscalus quiscula)

MEDIUM sized bird
Length: 11-14 inches
Colour: All black with bluish sheen to feathers

Photo courtesy of "Backyard Birding" Indiana U.S.A.

European Starling

EUROPEAN STARLING
(Sturnus vulgaris)

SMALL bird
Length: 8-9 inches
Wingspan: 16 inches
Weight: 3 oz
Colour: Black to brown body with white markings

Photo by E.T. Jones Copyright 1998 Courtesy of Provincial Museum of Alberta

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

RELATIVE SIZE OF BIRDS

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

Photo by Hugh Whitney courtesy of Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Center