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      Are you confident in your ability to distinguish crows from ravens - and other “blackbirds”?  If so, do you have additional id tips that you use? If not, what is still confusing you?
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    • Hope
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      The eyes are different from the eyes of the grackles. Also the grackles bodies are slimmer.
    • Elisabeth
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      I can often tell a crow by its cawing vs the ronking of ravens.   Crows can also be very melodious.
    • Louise
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      Most of the other "blackbirds" have yellow eyes. You can sometimes count the five feathers in the crow's wing tip vs. four in the raven. The tip of the crow beak is smooth, that of others looks jagged.
    • Lisa
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      Sometime it is difficult to see the 5 feathers and I also have difficulty when distinguishing them in large groups.
    • Shiny
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      A crow seems to have a stouter bill and they are completely black compared to a grackle, their eye colors are also a hint.
    • Donna
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      I feel fairly confident but seem to have a bit of trouble with the in flight identification. I think it may be the distance though.
    • Jane
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      I find out ravens' tails r not always wedge shape (with a longer feather in the middle) somehow, which misleads me to think they r crows.
    • Raysee
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      I live southeast, so we don't get any ravens, but I can usually tell crows from blackbirds from the eyes, the size, the tail, and sometimes the color if I'm up close.
    • Gracklefeeder1
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      Check the eyes! We're loaded with Grackles so I can immediately spot the difference.
    • Dawn
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      We have both ravens and crows where I live in Utah.  Ravens seem more likely to soar while crows have that typical "rowing" powered flight.  Also ravens more likely to be in the mountains.  They can occur at lower elevations too, but the crows mostly stick to the valleys and towns. Still get stumped sometimes at a distance if I can't get a good look at the tail shape.  The soaring of ravens is a good feature except in cold temperatures where they have to flap more (no thermals at 20 below zero).
    • Donna
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      I live in the Pacific Northwest and found it interesting that some consider our crows to be a different species than the American Crow.  We moved here from the Midwest and I have always thought that the crows here are bigger than the ones I grew up with in Iowa.  Is that an accurate observation or just me not remembering correctly?
    • Donna
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      When telling crows from grackles I find eye color is helpful.
    • Margot
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      Bird shape.
    • Kurt
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      Sometimes I think I get it, by beak size, or amount of feathers at the neck...then it turns out I was wrong! I need to keep looking at the beaks of crows and ravens to help distinguish!
    • Donita
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      I got it pretty well.  If you can see the eyes, anything but dark brown/blackish is not a crow another blackbird.  Sometimes I'm sure I can miss label ravens & crows.
    • Juliet
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      So far so good between the tail feathers and the beaks.
    • crow landing a While my hearing is not great and clearly not good enough to differentiate between various songbirds, corvids are a group that allows me to use sound as a signal.   For crows and ravens, I often start scanning the skies when I hear their characteristic calls.  So, I know what/who to look for.  The same is true for magpies.  The jays often leave me wondering, as I look into trees and bushes to find to source of their very variable sounds.
    • Kathleen
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      I don’t see any ravens from my home in the North Carolina piedmont, so it is not usually an issue.  I typically know I’m in raven territory when I hear the deep, guttural call.  Crows are around everyday!
    • Greg
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      Crows and Ravens are always gonna be tough to tell apart, but I certainly have a lot more to go by to check while taking this course. The snap ID is an absolute blast ! I'll go back to those again and again. Of course, the ultimate learning is while we're outside watching these intelligent and interesting critters. I find crows and especially ravens to be absolutely remarkable and full of spirit. Nature has so much to offer, teach and bewilder us. And it just keeps giving!
    • Susan
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      I've had the same crow family come by for six years, anywhere from 2-7 of them. I'm attuned to hearing them caw to let me know they are waiting. I can't tell them apart, but the original mother crow is missing a wing feather. Several of the others have white wing feathers or a touch of white feathers on their side.Crows X3
      • Patrick
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        That is incredible! You are very fortunate to have been chosen by this family
    • Paulette
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      I can tell each one in a minute by their calls. We had more Fish Crows where I lived only 2 miles from here. We are surrounded by ponds, rivers and numerous bodies of water including the Long Island Sound, The Hudson River, The Saw Mill River, The Bronx River and the Hutchinson River. It is exciting to see and hear the American Crow when they do come by and a real thrill to see the RAVEN. The ones I have seen were in pairs and took over the top peak of the Middle School.
    • james
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      6B67485B-C1F0-4ACA-85E5-2EE49325D5FA i am confident i can identify them. They are my favourite animal of all. I have known this one for 3 years. I call him wingy because he has some irregular wing feathers on the right side. They dont affect his ability to fly (or ability to gobble up  cashews.).
    • Li
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      I usually distinguish crows from other “blackbirds” by looking at the color of their eyes. But it's hard for me to tell which one is a crow when they're moving fast :(
    • Elizabeth
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      I feel more confident with crows vs. ravens, but it can still be a challenge.  I can tell a crow from another 'blackbird'.  What I find interesting is the crows' abilities to identify ME and my husband vs. other people.  We had a LOT of construction done on my house during 2021 from the mid summer to just before Thanksgiving.  My husband and I stepped one foot out of the house and the crows (and the blue jays) would "yell" at us for food.  They are very used to getting peanuts from us.  But, these birds never, ever yelled at any of the workers who were here.  It was incredible.  I wish I were as good at identifying "our" crows as they are at identifying us! In mid-April of 2020, a "new" crow apparently was visiting our yard.  I did not realize this was a "new" crow.  The blue jays freaked out when it was here.  The jays and "our" crows have always eaten in harmony.  After all, they have trained us so well, there is plenty of food.  But, the jays were dive bombing the "new" crow and freaking out every time it stopped by for peanuts.  I am unclear what happened.  "Our" crows now have a larger family, I believe they are up to 9.  Of course, I still cannot tell one from another (and I cannot do this with blue jays either, lol).