Crows have shiny jet black plumage with curious eyes, hoping gait, & a remarkable level of intelligence.
With more than 120 species, crows thrive in almost all the continents, other than Antartica.
Crows belong to the genus Corvus in the family Corvidae.
“Cawing” is the sound they make & they have a sophisticated form of communication language.
They usually lay 4-7 eggs at a time.
They have a single mate their entire life.
Crows have the biggest brain to body ratio among all bird species. Evolved with a highly developed forebrain, where intelligence is regulated, the anatomy of the crow brain is much similar to humans’.
Just like parrots, crows can imitate human voice but they are more intelligent than parrots and are known to use tools &methods for getting food such as leaving a nutshell on a road so a car will drive over it to crack it for them!
Crows, particularly ravens, have strong connections with European folklore and mythology – particularly in Celtic and Norse mythology. Ravens were the messengers of the Irish and Welsh gods and were associated with battle and prophecy.
Aesop’s famous fable “The crow and the pitcher” demonstrates the crows intelligence.
The story concerns a thirsty crow that comes upon a pitcher with water at the bottom, beyond the reach of its beak. After failing to push it over, the bird drops in pebbles one by one until the water rises to the top of the pitcher, allowing it to drink.
So next time you hear a “caw” say hello to this remarkable bird… It might just say hello back!
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