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American Crow Nestling Banding and Measurements

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Published on May 22, 2013

Watch as crow biologists Drs. Kevin McGowan and Anne Clark attach identification bands and wing tags to American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) nestlings and then measure them. For those wondering, the wing tags are attached through the patagium of the wing, similar to getting an ear pierced! The crow nestlings are then returned, unharmed, to their parents in the nest!

These crows are being tagged as part of a decades-long program for monitoring crow behavior and pedigrees, in pursuit of gathering knowledge for a multitude of projects involving the birds.

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