The black crow is a symbol of cunning, death and war so it is believed when someone sees a crow that it is a sign that change is coming. This change can be anything from a new beginning for the person or a sign of impending death for someone the person knows.
The crow is the champion of change and symbolizes the natural course of life. Many spiritual groups believe that the crow imparts wisdom about change and illustrates that change is not to be feared.
The American black crow is known scientifically as corvus brachyrhynchos. It is found throughout the United States though it has several regional variations in size and other traits. The black crow is the largest crow in North America and has black plumage with a fan-shaped tail. It has a large bill, however, the bill is not as large as the raven. Rarely, a black crow may have snow white patches on their wings, however, most black crows are completely black. Juvenile crows will have a brownish cast to the feathers that disappears after fledging. The black crow does not soar yet has a steady flight with low rowing wingbeats. The black crow is similar to the fish crow and the Northwestern crow as well as Chihuahuan ravens.