So I was curious about owning a pet crow, do you guys know in which state in the US it is legal and if it is a good idea. I have seen that they are very smart and I was wondering if by using this intelligence I could train it to stay in my shoulder out in public without having to clip it's wings. So can I and would it be a good idea to have a pet crow?
Good pet might not be the word for it. While very smart, crows need a lot of space, probably more then you can provide. And smart means they need mental stimulation. Think flying border collie.
As for fit as a pet, there are quite a number of stories around of people who made it work. Most of them have the crow outdoors with a good relation to it's humans. So, it can be done. This blog has some good ideas about it, I think.
If you still want one, check the local laws. Where I am they are not allowed as pets.
But would I be living in the country side, I probably could get away with it. Oh, they are loud, like really, really loud.
Go and volunteer at the local bird rescue. There you can play (kinda) with crows, get to know what they need. Then a year later, if you still want one, you know exactly how to get there. And not some internet strangers who might be right or wrong...
If you were to get a crow it would need to be from a breeder that offers crows legal to America.
"...the only way that you can legally and ethically acquire a pet raven or crow is by picking a species that is not native to the U.S. and does not migrate to any portion of the U.S."
Crows can be extremely expensive to own and care for and should not be confined to cages as they need plenty of room to hop and fly. If you wish to keep a crow confined you will need to construct a safe and secure outdoor aviary.
Maybe, if you could get a hatch-ling , ie very young. I had one for over a year. I rescued him as a very young bird that fell out of a nest , hardly any feathers. We tried to raise him and release him but he imprinted with people and didn't know he was a bird. When released , he followed my 10 year old son to school ; hopping roof to roof. The other kids were afraid of it, so my son called it and it came to him. We moved about 75 miles. He hung around at the new house a few months ( outside) then disappeared . We had some reason to believe he returned to the old house.
In theory, crows are highly social and intelligent birds, so they probably would make a decent pet. In practice, the legal (they require a special permit) and care requirements (They need an outdoor aviary, not just a cage) are likely sufficient that you'd probably be better off having a parrot in most cases (not that parrots are inexpensive easy care pets, but they'd be easier and less expensive than a crow.)