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American Crow

Corvus brachyrhnchos
Photo by Michael G. Shepard www.birdinfo.com

Habitat: Urban areas, forest edges, grasslands and parklands.

Description: Black body, thin beak, fan-shaped tail.

Size: 43-53cm in length.

Diet: Small vertebrates, other birds' eggs, berries, seeds, garbage

Fun Facts: American Crows can adapt to many different environments, and often don't migrate in the winter. A group of crows are called a "murder" and are known for their "caw caw" sound.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn.   Birds of Alberta.  1998.  Lone Pine Publishing

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European Skipper
Thymelicus lineola

Habitat: The European Skipper can be found on the wing in June and July.  Becoming an invasive species of butterfly, it can be found in the grasslands of central Alberta spreading about 25 km every year.

Description: The European Skipper can be recognized by its bright orange wings marked by dark wing veins.  The edge of the wings are bordered with black.  The aptly named...

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