please tell me more about crows. they are very interesting creatures
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Crows are one of my favorite birds, ravens even more so. I just really like both of them. But crows, alright. Crows.
- Crows will often mate and stay with their mate for most of their lives, separating at death.
- They’ll pick up sticks and rocks and drop them on predators, like “haha screw you”
- Crows are very emotional and do, in fact, display these emotions. Like you can tell if they’re angry, happy, sad, confused, etc
- They have an excellent memory. You know all those stories we see about crows delivering presents to people who are nice to them and visiting after migrations? They remember who is nice to them and pay them back. (I hope to be friends with a flock of crows someday.)
- On that note, they also remember who is mean to them, and they tell their crow families, so whatever you do do not be mean to a crow. It will come back to bite you. Maybe literally. At the very least it’ll scream when it sees you.
- They can live for up to fourteen years in the wild.
- They use tools.
- They can solve puzzles and understand the concept of water displacement, meaning they can think in creative and abstract ways.
- Unrelated, did you know that hummingbirds know what flowers they’ve already been to? Back to crows.
- Oh, not only will they remember you and tell their flock, they will tell their children, and their children will tell their children, and their children will tell their children, and you get the point.
- In other words, they have a very complex language. They have to be able to describe you to other crows. It isn’t just screeching - it’s language.
- If you kill a crow, the entire flock will change its migration pattern to avoid you.
- They steal food from each other. As a result, crows will pretend to hide their food in one place in the presence of another crow but later hide it somewhere else.
- Sometimes they drop walnuts in front of moving cars so that they tires will crush the nut for them. They’ll memorize traffic patterns and everything.
Real quick some raven facts:
- Ravens will, if they come across an animal (a dead one, they’re scavengers) that is too large for them to break down, mimic the sound of a wolf pack. This will bring wolves, who will tear apart most of the animal, leaving ravens with what they want - the leftovers.
- They can speak. :”Quoth the raven, Nevermore” is not just Poe personifying the bird.
- Like crows, they will remember you.
- They have (I believe I read this somewhere) the largest brain to body ratio of any bird.
- I have to get ready for work but let’s just finish this by saying corvids are very intelligent, amazing birds.