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crows and jays


There are about 113 species in the crow family, which can be found all over the world. This family of intelligent birds is named for its largest members, the crows and ravens . It also includes jays, nutcrackers, and magpies . All of these birds have long, straight, all-purpose bills suited to their omnivorous food habits. All but two species have bristles covering their nostrils. Their legs and toes are fairly strong. Although they are songbirds, these birds are known for their harsh sounds.

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