Crows are incredibly intelligent, and their sleeping habits provide a fascinating window into the way they live and interact. If you’ve ever seen them in the wild, you may have wondered where they sleep at night. The answer may surprise you.
After a day of hunting and gathering food, crows gather in a group called a “roost” for the evening. These roosts are huge avian sleepovers that usually occur in parks or forests where the birds can be shielded from predators. A roost typically consists of a large tree with plenty of branches for the entire flock. Crows are attracted to these roosts because they offer warmth, protection from predators, and information about food supplies.
During the non-mating season that takes place from November through late March, a roost can house up to 10,000 birds. In the city, crows can gather in large trees or even buildings where they can sleep in clusters.
A crow’s roosting pattern is important because they don’t fly during the day and are vulnerable to predators at that time. The roost also offers a safe place to rest after they’ve hunted all day.
Interestingly, crows can be very territorial and will often chase away a roosting mate if they think the mate is competing for food, territory, or mates. They do this because a weaker crow can be easily picked off by predators. This is why a healthy crow should always join a roost in which it can find its strength in numbers.