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Cyanocitta cristata  Blue Jay
These urban-tolerant and branch-nesting omnivores nest in wooded areas throughout Louisiana. Like crows, their diet includes eggs and nestlings taken from the nests of other songbirds.

painting by Louis Agassiz Fuertes 1914
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Corvus brachyrhynchos  American Crow
Birders depend heavily on crow vocalizations to distinguish Louisiana's two species. Both are very common. These urban-tolerant and branch-nesting omnivores breed throughout most of Louisiana, but the coastal distribution of the American Crow is unusual in that it includes very little of Cameron Parish.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
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Corvus ossifragus  Fish Crow
These urban-tolerant, colonial, and branch-nesting omnivores breed in the vicinity of large bodies of open water throughout the state, including Cameron Parish. Their absence from southern Lafourche, Terrebonne, and Plaquemines parishes was noted by Harry C. Oberholser in The Bird Life of Louisiana, published in 1938.

photo Copyright 1999 by Brian Miller 
male or female