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What Do Crows Eat?

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Crows are actually highly adaptable birds that feed on a wide variety of food, both natural and man made. However, it’s a fact that some foods are more favored than others. It also depends individually, as individual crows have their own preferences compared to others. Here are some of the foods that crows tend to eat on a daily basis.

The Western Jackdaw and the Thick-billed RavenThe Western jackdaw is found mostly in North Africa, Europe and western Asia. The thick-billed raven is found in Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia. Their habitat is generally high up in the mountains.

A crow’s diet

Crows usually eat insects and their larvae; these insects include locust, grasshoppers, beetles, locusts, spiders and crickets. They may also go after bigger preys such as amphibians, reptiles, carrion and small mammals. Their easy prey includes caterpillars, wireworms, grubs, earthworms, scallops, cutworms, mussels and clams. Dead or rotten foods are also on the menu for crows, including dead trout, dead marine invertebrates, dead seal and dead fish. Unusual but not uncommon foods for crows may include slaughterhouse waste, road kills and garbage. Road kills may include animals such as cats, opossums, dogs, skunks, chickens, snakes and pigs. Whenever possible, crows will eat plants and fruits such as sorghums, apples, beans, corn, cherries, peas, grapes, wheat, figs and almonds. Wild fruits are also on the diet list and these may include bayberry, sour gum, wild grapes, dogwood, pokeberry, cranberry, nightshade berries, squash seeds, wild cherries, juniper berries, barley, buckwheat and even plain old pumpkins.

Actually crows feel comfortable on the ground

The easiest way to attract the crow towards you is to scatter food on the ground. They also like to eat peanuts – you just need to scatter the peanuts around and after a while they’ll arrive to feed on them. Actually, the crows actively feed early in the morning and then in the afternoon. The other thing about the crows, that is much fascinating is that they love to drink water. They love to bathe and to play with water.

They eat a lot

Another noticeable thing that the crows will do as you start feeding them is that they eat a huge amount of food at a time. And if you set the timings to give the feed, you will soon notice that they can’t be able to stick with that as they eat a huge amount of food.

Alternative food

If you are looking at food for the omnivorous crows, kibbled cat or dog food – with the pea-sized chunks – is a cheap option to go for and it also provides complete nutrition. You can also go for meat scraps, cheese and egg yolk. Crows would love to eat sunflower seeds, peanuts, in or out of the shell, and just about anything that they can easily eat. Do remember that the crows respond well to the feeding signal and will come when they are called. The crows usually lay eggs in the spring season, however, it’s really important for you to properly feed the crow while they are laying their eggs and have young in the nest. In that period of time, crows need nutritious food, particularly cat or dog food and egg yolk, to help ensure healthy fledglings.

Crows are omnivores

So here you go with some of the interesting information regarding what crows usually eat and what are the foods that they would like to feed on them.

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7 Comments on What Do Crows Eat?
  1. monique:

    Hi I have got three crows flying around my nabourhood. They chase the small birds away and fly off with there eggs.
    What can I dont prevent of not happening.

    Thank you

  2. admin:

    Hi Monique,

    That is a crow all right! They are very aggressive and there is no sure way to get rid of them. Calling your local animal control may help as they may have the experience and would do a better job.

  3. The Sicilian:

    I have huge crows in my neighborhood, and I actually would like to attract them to stay in my yard and in my trees to keep the many pesky birds out of my trees because they crap all over my driveway and vehicles. Interesting story about these neighborhood crows, they do hang in gangs and are not to be messed with, I don’t care if any overly dramatic looney liberals whine about this, but I call them may niggahs, and they respond to me and hang out on my lawn and pick at the grass if I don’t make any sudden moves and just sit and watch. So to the story… I heard a big commotion outside when I was in my bathroom, crows cawing like crazy and chattering , so when I went out to investigate, a hawk had grabbed a crow and was trying to fly off with it, and his gang was attacking that hawk until it perched up in a tree with the victim crow still in his talons. Well that crows gang kept attacking that hawk until it let go of their niggah and then they chased it out of their turf. A neighbor caught it on phone camera , just the ending of the ordeal and blurry to boot, otherwise I’d have a YouTube link to show you. So how can I attract these crows to stay perched in my trees and hang out permanently in my yard to keep the pesky birds away?

  4. Jason:

    Hey I just rescued 2 fledgling crows out of my pool. I believe they were attacked by the extremely large local owl. They’re in bad shape. I wrapped them in a towel but idk what else to do. Any thoughts?

  5. Mason:

    Hello, I have a crow in my neighborhood, at first it was not moving, so my mother and I thought it was dead, well the next day we saw it limping and such. I plan on helping it, but I need a safe way to approach this injured crow, we think the injury is man made, and in a way of saying “We are not all bad.” And as a way of helping another kindred soul, I plan on bringing it back to working order, if all possible. Basically we think the wing is broken.

  6. Lindsey:

    Two days ago I came across a fledgling crow in my neighborhood. I think it had tried to fly out of its nest and failed (I have heard of this happening before). Its parents and their flock were guarding the fledgling and cawing at me when I got close. What should I do, if anything? Should I feed it and hope it stays strong enough to learn to fly, or should I let it be and hope hunger gives it enough motivation? And if it doesn’t learn to fly in another couple of days, should I take it to the Audubon society or something? I don’t want it to be killed by raccoons or dogs or hit by a car or die of starvation.

  7. Karen:

    I have what I think to by a young crow. It just landed on my neighbors car. We shooed it away, but then it just sat on the fence and wouldn’t move. It now is sitting on my front patio refusing to move and caaing away. It’s young. It did fly once, but I wonder if it’s injured. If it’s mother died would its gang kicked it out to die? How can I get rid of this little smart pest and get it to go back to the wild? I am afraid it will die refusing to move off the fence of dehydration but I really don’t want to adopt it. Any ideas how to help and still keep it in the wild where it should live?

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