The American crow is related to crows on other continents, such as Europe, Africa and Asia. Similar to the common raven, also black, it is smaller, up to 18 inches compared to up to 27 inches for the raven.
In Maine they are year-round residents in the southern two-thirds of the state, and summer residents in northern Aroostook, Piscataquis, and Somerset counties.
Crows have strong family ties, mating for life, living and hunting for food with extended family members. When hunting they usually have a “lookout” member in a tree while another crow will scout the location on the ground. If all is secure, other family members will join in the feeding.
However, with their expert vision and ability to sense movement, any unexpected disturbance will cause immediate flight to safety.