The Nasally Fish Crow
Written by Conor Gearin
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[American Crow calls, ML 229089, 1:50-1:54]
The tough caws of American Crows are some of the acquainted fowl calls in North America. However a couple of crows on this flock sound like they’ve bought stuffy noses!
[Fish Crow call, ML 73884, 0:13-0:14]
The birds aren’t beneath the climate, in fact. They’re Fish Crows, a special species from the extra widespread American Crow.
Fish Crows are a little bit smaller than American Crows; in any other case they appear very related. However their voices are distinctive. The American Crow’s hoarse caws:
[American Crow calls, ML 229089, 2:10-2:12]
and the nasally calls of the Fish Crow:
[Fish Crow call, ML 73884, 0:16-0:18]
Whereas they do love seafood, Fish Crows aren’t restricted to coastal areas. They’re present in a lot of the japanese U.S., and the species appears to be spreading to new areas north and west to breed.
In winter, Fish Crows be part of flocks of American Crows in search of meals in cities and landfills, the place they’ll generally squabble for a tasty morsel with a fellow scavenger like a raccoon or a gull.
So in the event you hear a fowl in your neighborhood that sounds prefer it might use some chilly drugs, maintain an eye fixed out for Fish Crows.
[Combine Fish Crow call, ML 73884, 1:31-1:33 with American Crow calls, ML 229089, 1:50-1:54]
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Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. American Crow ML 229089 recorded by B. McGuire, and Fish Crow ML73884 recorded by G. Keller.
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