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How can I tell the difference between an American Crow, and a Common Raven that lives in America?

According to this article, (How to Tell a Raven From a Crow): Ravens often travel in pairs, while crows are seen in larger groups. Also, watch the bird’s tail as it flies overhead. The crow’s tail ...
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How to defend against swooping Torresian Crow

You might try an umbrella. See this article from The Guardian, Rogue owl caught after year-long reign of terror in Dutch town. A rogue owl that has terrorised a northern Dutch city for the past ...
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Are crows more interested in identifying individual humans than vice versa, and if so, why?

I support the accepted answer but wanted to add an potentially helpful anecdote. When I joined the Marine Corps as a young man some 20 years ago - the first thing they did was give us a uniform and ...
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Are crows more interested in identifying individual humans than vice versa, and if so, why?

I suspect this mostly is a result of need, and antipathy. First of all I think your premise that humans can't identify individual animals within a breed or species is false. People who spend ...
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How to defend against swooping Torresian Crow

You're correct that these Torresian Crows can, at times, exhibit aggressive behavior, and, unlike some other crows, may directly attack people. It stems from a defensive parental instinct though, and ...
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Are crows more interested in identifying individual humans than vice versa, and if so, why?

Another two reasons The first is that humans vary much more than crows do - in behavior and in color (clothing) so they are easier to tell apart. The second is that crows (and birds generally) have ...
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How can I tell the difference between an American Crow, and a Common Raven that lives in America?

The biggest difference between ravens and crows is that ravens average 2 feet long with a 4 ft wingspan, while crows are about 1.5 ft long with a wingspan of 3 feet. These numbers can vary a bit ...
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How can I help an injured crow fledgling with a hurt leg?

The source for this answer is an article Found a Baby Crow ? on the website of an organization called Pacific Wildlife. I'm not a bird expert by any means, and certainly not a crow expert. ...
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How can I help an injured crow fledgling with a hurt leg?

If you release him now he probably dies very soon either due to starvation or due to cats killing him. If you have the time you could nurture him back to health. In the animal world it often happens ...
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Do crows ever use calls to gauge distances?

Good question - I had a dive through the literature and found very few publications on the vocalizations of crow or other corvids. Apparently though, the features that you noticed have been identified ...
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Are crows more interested in identifying individual humans than vice versa, and if so, why?

Good answers/anecdotes thus far. I find this interesting and asked an avian specialist about this. In addition to most of what has already been said (that crows have more time, necessity, and better ...
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Is the reappearance of large crow populations 15 years after the West Nile dieback a widespread occurence?

This is not a complete answer, but there is evidence that crow populations are rebounding. From The Virginian-Pilot, July, 2017. Crows? Who’s been seeing and hearing a lot of these noisy raucous ...
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How can I tell the difference between an American Crow, and a Common Raven that lives in America?

Ravens spend a lot of time aloft, and fly steadily and sometimes quite high (also solo or in loose pairs most of the time). They call infrequently "cronk" or "cronk cronk" while airborne. They seem to ...
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What factors should be considered when helping to feed crows/ravens in the yard?

I am a little late in answering, but thought I would answer in the event you were still feeding your local Corvids. As Olin said, they are intelligent and amazingly so. That is important when trying ...
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What factors should be considered when helping to feed crows/ravens in the yard?

Birds of the genus Corvus are intelligent and generalists. They are not picky, and can survive on lots of different types of food. They are also more able than other birds to find clever ways to get ...
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Behavior of crow pair, larger crow eats the food, not leaving any for smaller buddy

I can only guess at an answer to your question. I think you may be strewing the food over too small an area, so that the smaller crow has to come too close to the larger crow to feed. I suggest you ...
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