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    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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