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How do black crows and crows differ?

How do black crows and crows differ? - My animals


How do black crows and crows differ?

The black crow and the crow are birds that belong to the genus of corvids. So, They are considered to be among the most intelligent, along with magpies, which show self-awareness in mirror tests.

The black crow or scavenger crow

The black crow (Corvus corone) is a bustling bird and It adapts very well to different environments. Popularly, they have an unjustified bad reputation. They have been designated as crop-eaters and predators of hunting species. That is, a species whose hunting is duly authorized for that purpose by the competent administration.

Those who persecute them, forget the benefit they bring in the control of agricultural pests. At present, this bird does not present any conservation threat.

The common raven or northern crow

On the other hand, the common raven (Corvus corax) is the largest and most widely distributed bird of all corvids. Share the bad reputation with the crow. Traditionally its image has been associated with bad omens and witchcraft. For this reason he has also suffered persecution.

However, today things have changed for good, partly thanks to social networks. Since many crow fans were encouraged to film and upload videos to the crow network demonstrating their ability to make and use simple tools, the perception of them has acquired a more positive tone than before.

Both in videos and in real life, it is clear that common crows are very intelligent birds. The versatility of this species enables it to take advantage of the most varied resources and habitats., provided they have appropriate places to nest.

Corvus corax couple.

Characteristic features that distinguish the black crow from the common crow

Before a bird of black plumage, many people wonder: Is this a raven or a crow? And then the following question arises: how can these birds be differentiated? Well, then we will see the features that allow these birds to be identified, in order to more easily determine which is which.

Geographical distribution

The black crow is native to Western Europe and East Asia. This bird can be seen throughout the year and inhabits almost the entire Iberian Peninsula, particularly in the northern half, where it occupies all kinds of habitats.

Also, they are widespread throughout the United Kingdom. In addition, it is a mainly sedentary species, which does not carry out large-scale movements in any case.

The raven is widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere throughout the planet. Thus, it is located in much of North America, Eurasia and North Africa, with the Canary Islands being the most southern. Several subspecies are recognized.

In Spain, this bird extends over almost the entire peninsular territory. The northernmost populations can move to southern and western Europe during the winter season.

Corvus Corone


Like most corvids, the black crow and the crow are opportunistic and omnivorous bird species, which adapt to the resources offered by the environment at all times. They are scavengers by nature.

They eat insects, earthworms, small mammals, amphibians, food scraps and they are known to steal eggs. Undoubtedly, the crow has predatory capacity, given its size and – of course – the characteristics of its beak.


At first glance, the black crow can be distinguished from other corvids by its shiny black body and a very dense and tidy plumage. In addition, it has some metallic reflections on the head, wings and back. It also has a broad and flattened head, and a black beak. The square tail when extended resembles a fan.

In the case of the raven, it is observed very similar in its plumage, within its anatomy it stands out above all the beak, remarkably long, robust and thick. The tail of the crow is wedge-shaped.


Although the crow is relatively large – with a wingspan of 93-104 centimeters – the crow far exceeds it, with a wingspan of 115-140 centimeters.


The black crow shows a wide range of songs. However, its most characteristic sound is a hard and metallic arr or a serious kraar. In flight, usually emits a hoarse “croaking” sound, which it usually repeats three times: klok-klok-klok.

Similarly, the crow also produces various sounds. It has a deep, hoarse and metallic voice, frequently uses a very serious agr in flight. On the other hand, As an alarm sound it emits a crack-crack-crack faster and harder.

Similar, but not equal

While it is true that these birds share certain characteristics, we are obviously talking about different animals. It is worth paying attention to nuances, because they allow us to know both species much better.

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