Crowing Problem

Before the arrival of humans, Bermuda was home to a species of crow which was probably endemic. It was hunted to extinction shortly after the islands were colonised. Now, the only crow here is the American Crow and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are continuing to wage war against this invasive pest species.

Crows are a problem because they target the nests of native birds and eat their eggs – they are a common predator of White-tailed Tropicbirds nests. Incredibly, they have been observed raiding nest boxes of the native Eastern Bluebird. In addition, crows are omnivores that spread the seeds of invasive plants, get into rubbish bags and eat agricultural crops.

Crows are culled annually by shooting and trapping. You can help by reporting roosting sites  to the DENR and keeping rubbish inside crow proof containers (plastic or metal cans).

Photo: By cuatrok77 – AMERICAN CROW, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25198093

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