The American Crow is a common and conspicuous bird found throughout most of the lower 48 states, with less frequent sightings occurring in the southwestern deserts. These all-black birds, including their long legs and heavy, straight bill, have broad feathers that spread like fingers in flight. With a nearly identical appearance to its relative the Common Raven, American Crows can be differentiated by a few key features. Crows are about 1/3 the size of a raven and their tail feathers create a fan shape in flight compared to the wedge shape that a raven’s longer tail feathers display. You are more likely to see crows traveling in large groups and ravens traveling in pairs.