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Family: Corvidae. Large common bird . All black, tip of tail square or slightly rounded. Length: 40-53 cm (16-21 in.), the tail making up 40% of total body length. Wingspan: 85-100 cm (33-39 in.). Bill length: 3-5.5 cm (1.2-2.2 in.) Body mass varies from 315-620 g (11-22 oz.) Males larger than females. Most usual sound is short, loud caaaw. Life expectancy: 7-8 years. Omnivorous. Feeds on variety of invertebrates, seeds, carrion, grains, fish.
Great variety of habitat from wilderness, woodlands, farms, fields to suburban parks, even cities. Range: Most of the continental USA and southern Canada.
Highly susceptible to West Nile Virus.