General Information

  • Crows and Ravens are part of the Corvid family. This also includes the Stellars Jay and the Scrub Jay in San Diego.
  • Crows are considered to be among the most adaptable and intelligent birds in the world.
  • They have highly evolved language skills and can mimic other bird calls as well as other animals and human voices.
  • Crows are extremely social – living in large groups of extended family and, all Corvids form long-term pair bonds.
  • Common foods eaten include carrion, insects, frogs, mice, snails, fruit, bird’s eggs, and food scraps. They are omnivores.
  • Calls in the evening are often sent to the rest of the family to bed down in a tree before evening predators arrive.
  • Numerous studies have been done on corvids and their social bonds. A death affects the entire flock.

Tips to Discourage

  • Birds with nests will sometimes dive bomb humans and pets as a method to keep predators, including humans, away from a nearby nest. During the spring and summer months, taking the long way around a tree, will prevent any miscommunication with a protective parent.  If you cannot avoid walking nearby, wear a hat or use an umbrella to keep birds at a distance. Try to keep in mind that the birds are not vicious animals, but are dedicated parents defending their young.
  • Many birds visit garden areas in search of insects, seeds, and fruit. Some favorites among crows include corn, fruit, nuts, and grains. To protect your plants, we suggest hanging flexible mesh netting on seedbeds, vines, berries, and small trees.  Netting used on trees can be hung just prior to fruit ripening so it won’t interfere with plant growth. Secure netting at the base and pull tight to avoid entangling and injuring birds.
  • Crows are attracted to food scraps in garbage and compost piles. Dispose of trash in secure cans and make sure the lid fits tightly and use a bungee cord or chain of you know they are trying to open it.
  • Do not leave pet food bowls out.