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fish crow

a crow, Corvus ossifragus, of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America, that feeds on fish, mollusks, etc.
Origin of fish crow
An Americanism dating back to 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The fish crow is one of the most active enemies of our small birds.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • The fish crow, however, is the much greater enemy of the birds.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • Compared with the common crow, with which it is often confounded, the fish crow is of much smaller, more slender build.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • From the farmer's point of view, there is still another distinction: the fish crow lets his crops alone.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • The fish crow is the smaller of the two, lives along the coast, and does not often go further north than Connecticut.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • It lives chiefly in the pine barrens of Florida and is much less common in the state than the fish crow.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman

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