The crow has the ability to speak. His plumage is in bad shape, likely from a past of being abused by the witch and her animated broom, who find him annoying. When Princess Merida presents herself at the witch's cottage, she notices the crow standing immobile. The witch says that he is only a stuffed animal, but the crow betrays himself by starting to talk to Merida, then singing. The crow contributes to creating the spell by plucking a hair off of Merida as the final ingredient.
The crow makes a post-credits appearance, asking a stunned guard of the DunBroch castle to sign the delivery of all the bear carvings Merida bought earlier from the witch.
He appears in the short film trying to tell the story of Mor'dum but the Witch silences him. At the end, he watchs Wee Dingwall running and screaming out of the cottage and he and the Witch return to woodcarving.