Crows: The birds that go fishing with breadcrumbs!

JackdowThroughout history, Crows, Ravens and other black birds were feared as symbols of evil or death. However, those of us who took a closer look at these “masters of survival” found the following:

  • Just like humans, these birds are capable of sophisticated social behavior – including playing tricks on each other; and, somewhat surprisingly, empathy and compassion – it has been observed that when one of their own has been injured or is distressed, the rest of the flock will come to check on it.
  • Facial Recognition:  They are able to recognize faces and are known to hold a grudge. In cases where individuals harassed them in the past, these birds will dive-bomb them whenever they see them again in the future.
  • According to National Geographic, Crows have human-like intelligence that enables them to make tools from twigs, feathers, strings and wire to retrieve food items that they would otherwise not able to reach. One playful crow repurposed a plastic lid into a sled – using it to sled down a snow-covered roof and carrying the lid back up for another round of sledding. Others have been observed breaking bread up into small pieces and tossing bread crumbs into bodies of water to bait fish.
  • They have an exceptional memory that prompts them to change their entire migration pattern to avoid areas where they have experienced danger in the past – such as the shooting of one or more of their flock members. Dr. Alex Taylor – a scientist investigating the intelligence of corvids (crows) – found that these smart birds are able to complete complex puzzles.
  • Many people don’t realize that parrots are not the only birds capable of mimicking speech – Crows can learn to talk, too!

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