How Are Crows As Pets?

Chris Gladis/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0

Migratory birds, including crows, may not be captured or purchased as pets in the United States as of 2014. Some crows may become accustomed to a person when the birds are fed by that person on a regular basis.

Crows are omnivores and can eat a diet that includes a wide range of vegetables, fruits and meats. Most crows that are kept in the home are orphaned, and the bird is released as soon as it is able to fly.

Crows may be difficult to care for because they typically remain wild after being adopted as pets. Wild birds may be frightened or exhibit aggressive behaviors when kept as pets. Most states have professional bird rehabilitation centers that provide care for abandoned migratory birds, however, and contacting these organizations may benefit the bird. If an abandoned crow is adopted, it should be released as soon as it is able to fly.

While it is illegal to own a crow as a pet, the birds may seek out people who provide food on a regular basis. Crows have a memory that allows them to differentiate a single person from others, which allows the birds to recognize the person or even his vehicle after a period of time. Crows can remember a person’s face for a lifetime and may return to the same property year after year.