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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) Family: Crows and Ravens

American Crow

Crow Behavior

Crow Identification

Quick Bird Facts

  • Height: 18” - 21”
  • Weight: 15 - 22 oz.
  • Life Span: 6-7 years in wild
    > 20 in captivity
  • Flight Speed: 25-32 mph
  • Food: Scavenger, eats almost anything: insects, snakes, dead animals, human food scraps, eggs, & garbage.
  • Habitat: Tall trees and buildings 20 - 100' up

Crow Profile

The American Crow is a large black bird with a stout bill and fan-shaped tail in flight. Iridescent violet gloss on body tends toward bluish on wings. There are two main species of Crows, the large common crow found across North America and the smaller fish crow found in the Southeast. Crows are sometimes mistaken for ravens in appearance. Crows are well known for their intelligence. They are social birds and the flock is in constant communication making hunting or capture of the bird very difficult.

The crow call is a 
loud "caw-caw" with several variations. Crow SoundHear It Now!
(Bird sounds courtesy of and copyrighted to www.naturesongs.com, 2014)

Crow Problems

Crows are frequently a big agricultural pest bird due to their fondness for corn and other farm crops, but they are a minor urban pest compared to the pigeon, starling or house sparrow. These birds can overwhelm trees, creating a lot of noise and harassing people and animals in the vicinity which can be a nuisance to the suburban resident. Furthermore, like any pest bird, dropping buildup can lead to structural damage from the uric acid while also posing a health risk due to the harborage of disease. Crows enjoy open fields with trees nearby for roosting and nesting, and thrive around people. In addition to farmer's fields crows are also commonly found in garbage dumps, lawns, athletic fields, and parking lots.

Crow Control

It is possible to drive away large flocks of crows and other blackbirds with audio and visual scare devices such as the BirdXPeller Pro or Ultrason X unit combined with visual scare devices like Bird Bopper holographic balloon and Irri-Tape iridescent foil. To maximize effectiveness, hang visual products in trees before beginning an aural campaign. They can be kept off ledges using Bird Spikes or Bird Stop biodegradable food spray. BirdNet will exclude crows completely from most areas. Shock Tape is a new deterrent method that sends a small shock to birds when they land on surfaces. The Tweetzilla Bird Hazer can help keep flocks of crows out of crop fields. 

See our complete list below of recommended bird deterrent products to repel crows.
To speak to a bird control professional, call BirdStoppers at 1-866-411-6287.
A "synergy" or combination of bird repellent products typically offer the most successful solution for repelling crows. For bird control solutions, we often recommend using companion products by combining electronic repeller devices or bird hazers with visual scare deterrents, physical bird barriers or scent and taste aversion products. This kind of multi-sensory attack is extremely effective in deterring pest crows for good!

Electronic Bird Repellers

Electronic Bird Repellers

BirdXPeller ProBirdXPeller ProSonic bird repeller emits real bird distress calls and predator sounds to scare away birds for up to 1 acre.
Super BirdXPeller ProSuper BirdXPeller ProSonic bird repeller uses natural distress calls for bird control protection in large outdoor areas.
Ultrason XUltrason XOutdoor, ultrasonic bird control device uses "silent" high-pitch frequencies that only birds and bats can hear.
Bird Exclusion & Perch Inhibitors

Bird Exclusion & Perch Inhibitors

Bird Netting - Standard MeshBird Netting - Standard MeshStandard Mesh, 3/4" bird netting is perfect to protect areas around the home or garden from birds.
Shock TapeShock TapeAdhesive-backed conductive tape sends a low voltage zap to stop birds from perching on surfaces.
Stainless Steel Bird SpikesStainless Steel Bird SpikesSteel bird spikes physically prevent pest birds from roosting on landing surfaces like rooftops, ledges, etc.
Visual Bird Scares

Visual Bird Scares

Bird BopperBird BopperVisual bird scare, heavy-duty vinyl balloon whips around in the wind scaring off pest birds.
Irri-TapeIrri-TapeFoil tape repels birds with a synergy of visual, audible and physical distractions to scare them off.
Mutil-Sensory Visual Scare KitMutil-Sensory Visual Scare KitMulti-sensory visual scare kit combines three proven effective visual scare devices to repel birds.
Hazers and Taste Aversion

Hazers and Taste Aversion

Bird StopBird StopLiquid bird repellent has a taste and smell that birds can't stand. Protect crops and food sources.
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