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Natural Highlights: Fish Crow

West Tennessee differs from Middle and East Tennessee in many ways.  This is the land of swamps and cypress trees, after all, not mountains and rocky creeks. West Tennessee also has two species of crows, the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and the Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus), whereas the rest of the state has to make do with just the American Crow.  Except for a slight difference in size, the two species are identical in appearance.  Fish Crows, however, have a distinctive nasal call which to some people sounds a bit like a duck.  They also prefer living near water and are often seen and heard near rivers and lakes and, farther south, along the coast, where they dine on fish and other aquatic creatures in addition to almost anything else.  Fish Crows, like American Crows and other members of the corvid family, are very intelligent and social birds.  

Learn more about Fish Crows at these links:

Compare the two calls:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJnbA1V0_Ac

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Fish_Crow/overview

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/fish-crow

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 2:49 PM