10 Amazing Crow Facts.
10 Amazing Crow Facts
1. There are many members of the “crow’ family. The most well-known is the carrion crow which is the most fearless. There are about 40 or so species in the Corvus genus. The Corvus genus includes the common American crow, jackdaw, the raven, the jay and the magpie.
2. Crows and ravens have been traditionally been feared as symbols of death because of their black feathers and because they are scavengers. Historically thay have been associated with dead bodies, battlefields, and cemeteries, and they’re thought to circle in large numbers above sites where animals or people are expected to soon die. All religions, cultures and civilizations hold the crow or raven as significant in some way.
3. Crows are actually very social and caring creatures, and also among the smartest animals on the planet. Here is video clip showing the crow’s amazing flexible thinking.
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4. As an example of a crow’s nurturing side, this is hard to beat. In 1999, a kitten appeared in the yard of an elderly Massachusetts couple, and it was so small that Wallace and Ann Collito at first thought it was a rat. They worried about its welfare until they noticed the cat’s unlikely caretaker, an American crow. They watched the crow feed the kitten with worms and insects and protect her from other animals and cawing to keep her out of the street.
Crow and Kitten
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5. Crows are predators and scavengers, which means that they will eat practically anything. Their diet consists of various road-kill, insects, frogs, snakes, mice, corn, human fast food, even eggs and nestlings of other birds. An adult crow needs about 11 ounces of food daily.
6. They have also been revered as creators of the world and worshipped as trickster gods, because of their intelligence which has baffled humans over the centuries, but scientists have recently attributed their intelligence to a similarity with mammals' brains earning crows the nickname "feathered primates."
7. They can remember your face and different places. If you stare at a crow they will remember you next time they see you. Generations upon generations later, they still remember specific houses or areas where a member of the crow family once died and avoid them. Crows have been known to change their entire migration pattern to avoid places where crows have been killed.
8. Crows can hold a grudge. Upset them or if they think you are threatening their young and they will dive-bomb you! They have brilliant memories and will remember you next time they see you!
9. They communicate with each other in an advanced fashion. In fact it has been scientifically proven that crows have regional dialects, meaning that crows have an actual language!
10. Crows mate for life. Unless a mate is killed or severely incapacitated, crows appear to stay with the same mate year after year.
And, here's an extra crow fact for good measure,
11. Crows live all over the world, except for Antarctica.