I can’t be the only birder in the world who keeps seeing COVID-19 updates and for a split second thinks we’re getting updates on corvids – birds in the family Corvidae. This diverse family includes more than 130 species of jays, crows, treepies, magpies, nutcrackers, and ravens, and they’re some of the most intelligent birds on the planet. Some corvids use twigs and other materials as “tools” for foraging, they often play games, have detailed social structures, will cache food for future use, and can be accomplished mimics of a wide variety of sounds. Yet corvids are also beautiful as well, and this gallery has 19 of the most distinctive and attractive corvids for you to enjoy. Happy birding!
Click on any photo to enter the ad-free gallery and see each of these beautiful birds full-size!
Fantastic pictures, which cheered me right up. Couldn’t identify many of them. Was it intentional to leave off the IDs?
Hi Rohan – I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the gallery! If you look at the photos full-size, the common names and scientific names are in the lower left hand corner of the screen. There’s no way for me to put them in the thumbnails, unfortunately. I hope you’ll take another look and let me know which your favorite is!
Turquoise Jay Is my favorite!
I love the Green Magpie. Green has always been my favorite color. I wonder if they are as “chatty” as the Black Billed Magpies we have here in Colorado. one of my favorite things to do is sit in the back yard and listen to them chat with each other.
I have no problem seeing Blue Jays and I’ve been lucky enough to go to Alaska (from New York) and I saw the Black Billed Magpie. After checking out the gallery, I think the Clark’s Nutcracker is cute as a button and while I’d love to see that one, the one that I think I’d really like to see is the somewhat less striking Rook. Where would I be able to see those two?
I imagine God had so much fun creating all these wonderfully colorful birds! And when I see an Okapi, I know He must have a great sense of humor too!!