19 Amaze-wing Facts About The Tamaulipas Crow For Kids

These Tamaulipas crow facts are interesting for children to read

The Tamaulipas crow is a member of the cosmopolitan Corvidae family of birds which consists of passerine birds like jays, magpies, jackdaws, crows, rooks, and the raven. The habitat of these birds is mostly found in the Northeastern parts of Mexico and some parts of Southern Texas, mainly around the landfills of Brownsville.  The Tamaulipas crow can be found in villages, garbage dumps, farmlands, and semi-open spaces with tall trees and hedges nearby. They are slightly smaller in size than the ordinary crow. They have glossy, silky smooth plumage which has a bluish tint. Their bill and legs are also black in color. This bird is omnivorous in nature, feeding on grains, insects and worms, eggs, fruits, carrions, and nestlings of other birds.  The call of this crow sounds like a low, throaty croak of a frog. They are not as loud as the ordinary crow. The conservation status is Least Concern according to the IUCN Red List. These birds can live up to 7-10 years and even longer in captivity.

To know more interesting and fun things about the Tamaulipas crow continue reading the article.

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Tamaulipas crow

Fact File

What do they prey on?

Insects, nestlings of other birds

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

0.42-0.52 lb (192 -237 g)

How long are they?

13-15 in (34-40 cm)

How tall are they?


What do they look like?


Skin Type


What are their main threats?


What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Farmlands, villages, semiopen areas where there are tall trees and hedges, towns, garbage dump


Southern Texas and Northeastern Mexico





Scientific Name

Corvus imparatus





Tamaulipas Crow Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Tamaulipas crow?

The Tamaulipas crow (Corvus imparatus) is a unique bird of North America that is closely related to the family of crows. They are found in Northeastern Mexico and parts of Southern Texas, especially around the Brownsville landfills where they scavenge food along with other birds of their bird family like the chihuahuan raven. These birds are genetically extremely close to the Sinaloa crow (Corvus sinaloae) and the fish crow (Corvus ossifragus). In fact, these three can be almost grouped into separate bird species.

What class of animal does a Tamaulipas crow belong to?

The Tamaulipas crow (Corvus imparatus) belongs to the class of birds and genus Corvus.

How many Tamaulipas crows are there in the world?

The exact number of Tamaulipas crows in the world is not known. However, they are known to occur in very specific regions of the world, namely, Northeastern Mexico and some parts of southern Texas.

Where does a Tamaulipas crow live?

The Tamaulipas crow (Corvus imparatus) is found in Northeastern Mexico and some parts of Southern Texas especially in the garbage dump of Brownsville.

What is a Tamaulipas crow's habitat?

Tamaulipas crows (Corvus imparatus) live in villages, farmlands, around desert scrub and towns. They are also found in semi-open areas which have a lot of tall trees and hedges.

Who do Tamaulipas crows live with?

They are known to live in areas that are inhabited by humans. In addition to that, they are known to exist alongside flocks of chihuahuan raven in some parts of Southern Texas.

How long does a Tamaulipas crow live?

They can live from 7-10 years in their natural habitat. However, they might live longer in captivity.

How do they reproduce?

They lay their eggs around the months of March through June. The incubation period of the eggs averages around 19-20 days after which the nestlings hatch. Usually, both the male and female birds are responsible for bringing food to the nestlings.

What is their conservation status?

They are currently in the Least Concern category in the IUCN list.

Tamaulipas Crow Fun Facts

What do Tamaulipas crows look like?

They are relatively smaller than the average crow with a sleek body and glossy bluish-black plumage which looks soft and silky. They have slender black bills and black feet and legs. They can be easily confused with a raven as the description of their physical features matches exactly with that of a raven, except they are smaller in size.

These birds have beautiful glossy feathers which make them very attractive to look at.

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How cute are they?

Though Tamaulipas crows are not generally seen as cute, they can be quite attractive to look at due to their glossy, silky smooth plumage. The nestlings, however, are definitely cute to look at.

How do they communicate?

The cawing sound of the Tamaulipas crow is very similar to that of the American crow. They are generally softer than the caw of the ordinary crow.

How big is a Tamaulipas crow?

The Tamaulipas crow is slightly smaller than the normal-sized crows. They are around 13 -15 in (34-40cm)  in length.

How fast can a Tamaulipas crow fly?

The wingspan of the Tamaulipas crow varies between  31 -51 in(80-100 cm). This would indicate that, while these birds are adept at flying, they are not exactly the fastest birds around. There is no verifiable data available on the exact speed at which they fly.

How much does a Tamaulipas crow weigh?

These crows weigh around 0.42-0.52 lb (192 - 237 g) on average.

What are the male and female names of the species?

Usually, males and females both are addressed as crows. However, female crows are sometimes called crones or hens while their male counterparts are just addressed as crows.

What would you call a baby Tamaulipas crow?

Baby Tamaulipas crows can be called nestlings like the young ones of any other bird or can be addressed as chicks.

What do they eat?

These birds eat insects, fruits, eggs, carrion, grains, and nestlings of other birds.

Are they dangerous?

These birds are not dangerous, however, they might occasionally peck you with their beaks if they are irritated or disturbed.

Would they make a good pet?

Yes, they can make good pets.

Did you know...

The bird is known to be a winter visitor to the United States of America, mostly the Southernmost parts of Texas around the Brownsville area. Every year flocks of them migrate from Mexico to Texas, during which several bird guides and bird watchers track them regularly.

These birds are closely related to the rooks (C frugilegus).

Their nests are built by both the male and female, using sticks, twigs, plant fibers, and the inner part is lined with softer leaves and other materials. These nests are often built on the branches or bushes and are very similar to the nests of the American crows.

Some common predators for crows include eagles, hawks, and even human hunters.

These birds are found in very limited habitats, namely parts of Mexico and Texas and a major risk to them is a loss of natural habitats due to human activities like deforestation.

The oldest American crow to have lived in captivity died at the age of 39, which is significantly longer than the average life expectancy of these birds.

There have been some reports which suggest that these birds and the American crow mate for life. These birds seem to mate with their respective partners year after year unless their partner dies untimely or gets severely injured leading them to be maimed for life.

The call of these birds is a low croak like noise that sounds like "gar lik".

The courtship of these birds mainly includes the male and female sitting very close to one another on the branches and rubbing their bills and feathers together. In some cases, the male birds are also seen to be feeding females during courtship.

Where is the crow most common?

These birds are most common in the Northeastern region of Mexico and Southern parts of Texas especially in the garbage dump of Brownsville.

How many eggs does Tamaulipas crow lay?

These birds lay around 3-5 eggs at a time.

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