A Murder of Crows
Condensed by Native Village
Crows live everywhere except Antarctica, and are
part of the myths and legends of Native American and
other cultures. The birds can be comical to frightening, godlike or wise,
bringers of light and bringers of death.
While crows may be all these things, one
thing we know:
among the most intelligent animals on the planet.
New research shows
Crows use tools as
only elephants and chimpanzees do.
Crows recognize 250 distinct calls.
Crows can recognize individual human faces and pick
them out of a crowd up to two years later.
Crows thrive where people live and use their
intelligence to adapt to a
constantly changing world.
Crows can memorize garbage truck routes, and follow
the feast from day to day.
Crows drop nuts in the road and wait for passing
cars to crack them open.
Crows sometimes build their nests
from items we throw away Ė like wire clothes
Crows are social birds and mate for life.
Crows raise their young for up to five years.
from each otherís misfortunes. When one is killed in
a farmerís field, they may
change entire migratory patterns so they don't fly
over that field. They do this up to 2 years.
A flock of crows may
be called a "murder" of crows, but
nothing is murderous at all.
The scariest thing about crows is how much they know
about us, and how little we know about them.
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