(Corvus Corone, Linn.—La Corneille noire, Buff.)
IS similar to the Raven in its habits, colour, and external appearance. Length about eighteen inches; breadth three feet. The glossy feathers of the upper plumage have a burnished look, excepting on their edges, which are dull, and form a border to each. This species is more numerous and as widely spread as the Raven; they live mostly in woods; build their nests in trees; and lay five or six eggs, much like those of the Raven. They feed on putrid flesh, and garbage of all sorts; likewise on eggs, shell fish, worms, and insects.
These wary birds live in pairs, and are commonly seen together flying at a great height, out of the reach of the gun, while they are prowling over the country in search of their food, which, with penetrating eye, and acute scent, they discover afar off. They pluck the feathers off the dead birds, toss them aside, and then pick the flesh from the bones. In winter they take shelter from the extremity of the weather, in the hollows of rocky precipices.
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