If you’re a biologist or conservationist then you probably know about what do crows eat. However a layman won’t be able to find out the crows daily diet. This article will help you to discover what these birds usually feed on. Actually crow belongs to the family of Corvidae and is widely distributed globally. There is a vast variety of food these birds feed on and they are believed to be one of the highly opportunistic birds in that they ingest anything that comes in their way.
These birds have an extensive adaptability toward natural as well as manmade foods. Crows eat small invertebrates and insects such as beetles, grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, snails, spiders, amphibians, wireworms, caterpillars, cutworms, small mammals, reptiles, marine invertebrates, grubs, snakes, dead trout, sour gum, dogwood, wild grapes, dead fish, wild cherries, opossums, poison-oak, cherries, figs, pokeberry, clams, sea urchins, crustaceans, corns, shrews, junipers, barley, buckwheat, pumpkin, cranberry, road kills, sorghums, scallops, apples, almonds, peas, beans, bayberry, and skunks.(1)
What Do Crows Eat?
Crows are omnivorous and they primarily feed on small insects, nuts, fruits, mollusks, seeds, weeds, frogs, eggs, mice, earthworms, and carrion. In agricultural areas like grain fields these species eat several tiny insects that are harmful to the fields, indeed helping farmers; however, they also eat grains that certainly do not assist agricultural men. Crows are believed to be one of the most intelligent birds apart from Hawks or Eagles.
Now, let’s talk about the American crows menu. These crows rely on seeds, fruits, berries, insects, crop pests, young turtles, mussels, fish, clams, and crayfish. In urban places, these birds are known to feed on garbage or other waste products. They also eat eggs of other birds such as Robin bird, House Sparrow, Blue Jay, and Loons. Crows are the inhabitants of Europe, Africa, South Mediterranean, and Britain.
- “The life histories of North American Jay, Crows and Titmice”, Brent 1946