Despite their small size, this gregarious bird is often mistaken for a raven. Like other corvids, the crow is a clever opportunist. Large groups of crows can often be seen picking along beaches for tasty tidbits, loitering around garbage dumps for scraps, feeding on carrion, and hunting about for small animals or vegetation.
The northwestern crow is a subspecies of the American crow. Distinguishing the two in the field is difficult, or even impossible in areas where their ranges overlap. Fortunately, crows are easily distinguished from the raven by their rounded tail, proportionally small beak, and tendency to travel in large flocks. A group of crows is called a “murder”.