• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


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American Crow

(Corvus brachyrhynchos)
American Crow
An American Crow looks for food at Crissy Field.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The American Crow eats nuts, fruits, insects, bird eggs, nestlings, carrion, garbage - after which it ejects pellets. Nesting in somewhat of colonies, it builds nests of stick platforms lined with mud and vegetation, usually in trees. Nesting season is from March to July. This species is very gregarious in winter.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this bird is found in all forested areas and lawns. At present it has the potential to breed in the Presidio.

Frequency: This species is common all year in the Presidio.

Identifying Characteristics: This crow is completely black and large in size, but not as large as the similar Raven. It does display a purple gloss in the sun. Crows are gregarious by nature.

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Did You Know?

The 6th Army Band during Alpert's service.

Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.