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Pay attention to your surroundings and you might glean information that's important for your survival. For example, a murder of Crows circling up ahead might suggest an animal carcass -- or even a human corpse -- might be nearby!
"Crows" - Game tutorial tip

Crows are non-interactable, animated wildlife objects in The Long Dark.


Crows are flying black birds with conspicuously loud cries. They never land and cannot be shot down or interacted with in any way.


Periodically, crow feathers will fall to the ground underneath circling crows. Once on the ground, the feathers remain until picked up, making these locations valuable as the only source of crow feathers for crafting.


Crows will appear circling over frozen corpses and animal carcasses during calm weather. Their loud cries are intended to call the player's attention to the area so it will not likely be missed, however, they may be difficult to spot due to trees or terrain obscuring them.

Aggressive crow calls distinct from those made by circling or passing crows can be heard in the vicinity of a bear, but no crows will actually be visible. This sound may also be heard around dead bears as well, making locating a fresh bear carcass somewhat easier, as they can then be "heard" in addition to being seen.

Crows will disappear when high winds or snow strike and reappear when weather clears. Once a non-human carcass has disappeared after decaying or being fully harvested, the circling crows will disappear with it.

Occasionally a group of crows will be seen flying in "V" formation in a straight path across the map. The timing of their flight has no significance.


Update history[]

  • update 14 June 2018 (Update):
    • [All] Fixed Crows spawning below ground.
  • hotfix 20 March 2018 (Update):
    • [Wintermute] Fixed issue where crows would circle locations with no corpses present.
    • [Both] Crows will no longer sometimes fly too low and into the ground as the weather changes.
  • hotfix 30 April 2016 (Update):
    • Fixed issue that could cause large numbers of crows and crow feathers to spawn in specific locations.
  • update 22 May 2015 (Update):
    • [Minor] Crows can now drop Crow Feathers.
  • hotfix 3 December 2014 (Update):
    • Added new Crow model and animations.
  • update 22 July 2014 (Update):
    • Added to game.