What’s there to crow about?

Fri. Mar. 31, 2017

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Crows, many folks find these birds annoying, yakking it up, lauding their territory, while others find a symbolism to the bird.  That symbolism varies greatly throughout the world.  But in practical terms, crows are pretty impressive birds.

American Crow

American Crow

The oldest wild crow known was 16, a crow in captivity lived to 59!  Crows collaborate in extended family groups to rear their young, some are 5 generations.  They have 250 unique calls to communicate among themselves.  Some crows, literally, have a nest in the city and one in the country and toggle back and forth daily.  Crows have been known to make and use tools.

crow using tool

crow using tool

All about birds – American Crow [The Cornell Lab of Ornithology]

Science.org [crafty crows]

Native languages crow legend

Native American crow symbolism

FAQ’s about Crows [Cornell] Find out if a flock of crows is really called a “murder of crows”…

Crows roosting

Research also shows that they can recognize individual humans and remember them for up to 2 years.  So if you’ve been visited by a crow chatting with you out in the garden, he or she may recognize you!  So you might want to be nice!  ?

yakkety yak
yakkety yak

What do you suppose they’re talking about?

Crow eggs

crow closeup

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