What are Texas crows called?

Answered by Robert Flynn

When it comes to the crows found in Texas, they are commonly referred to as American Crows. These birds are known for their distinct and unmistakable call, often described as a repetitive “caw, caw” sound. While the American Crow is the most prevalent species in Texas, there are also four other members of its genus found in the state.

One of these species is the Fish Crow, which can be found in eastern Texas and along the coast. While similar in appearance to the American Crow, the Fish Crow has a slightly different call, described as a nasal “uh-uh” or “uh-uh-uh” sound. This species is often found near water and is known for its affinity for coastal habitats.

Another species found in Texas is the Northwestern Crow, primarily found in the eastern Panhandle region. This crow is slightly smaller than the American Crow and has a call that is similar to its eastern counterpart, but with a higher, more nasal tone. The Northwestern Crow is less commonly encountered compared to the American Crow and has a more limited distribution.

The remaining two species in the crow genus found in Texas are the Tamaulipas Crow and the Chihuahuan Raven. The Tamaulipas Crow is a Mexican species that occasionally ventures into southern Texas, particularly in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. It is smaller than the American Crow and has a call that is similar, but softer and more subdued.

On the other hand, the Chihuahuan Raven is larger than the American Crow and is found in the western parts of the state. Its call is a deep, throaty croak, distinct from the cawing of the American Crow. This species is well-adapted to arid habitats and can often be seen soaring in the skies of western Texas.

In my personal experiences birdwatching in Texas, I have had the pleasure of observing and listening to these different species of crows. The American Crow is by far the most common and widespread, with its loud and familiar call echoing through the trees. However, it is always exciting to come across the other species, such as the Fish Crow or the Chihuahuan Raven, which add variety to the avian landscape of Texas.

To summarize, the crows found in Texas are primarily referred to as American Crows, known for their distinctive “caw, caw” call. However, there are four other species in the crow genus found in the state, including the Fish Crow, Northwestern Crow, Tamaulipas Crow, and Chihuahuan Raven. Each species has its own unique call, size, and habitat preferences, adding diversity to the birdlife of Texas.