The Crow(s)

Written By: B.D. Butler - Apr• 09•12

During holidays, there is always the standard, “how are you’ conversations, and the “catch-up” talk just to get back on the same page with your family members. Then after that is all done, and after those great lavish family dinners, there is always those round table conversations about this and that. My future father-in-law in a very interesting person to chat with. He has various opinions, is incredibly leery of Facebook, and has a lot of ideas that he enjoys sharing. I personally love talking to someone who has the vast array of experiences and knowledge of the world, it makes for a great conversation. So yesterday after a great ham dinner, and some pretty great deviled eggs, we had the round table chats by the lake. (Yes, my future sister-in-law lives on a lake, yeah I had to throw that in.) My fiancée’s dad regaled us with the tale of his family owning crows. They were raised from babies, and would come when called, and actually even ride in a box with them, and travel to the families cabin on the Washington coast. I had heard of some stories, but had actually never heard a first-hand experience. When we were on our ride home, I started to think about an article, and how curious I was about crows. So it got me reading…

Click here for the Crow.

There is a website called the American Society of Crows and Ravens, and much like other parrot websites, there is tons of information. Reading through the site, I learned a group of crows in called a “murder”, and crows are a migratory bird, therefore they are protected under federal law. It’s actually illegal to keep a crow or raven as a pet, without a special permit. It is suggested that if you find a baby crow, that you leave it alone, it may be a fledgling in the process of learning how to fly, that’s why it’s on low ground. It’s just advised that you leave a crow alone, unless it is in a life threatening situation, as in about to get eaten or killed.

I also did not know that ravens are 1/3 bigger than crows and there are a total of 42 species of crows worldwide. A crow can actually talk or mimic, and has the potential for a higher vocabulary than a parrot. There have been several instances where wild crows will mimic humans, and sounds in their environment. Crows are considered predators and scavengers, and will eat worms, fruit, vegetables, meat, grains etc. Crows also are extremely attracted to anything shiny, and will steal jewelry and just about anything with a shimmer.

Crows and Ravens are incredibly intelligent, and I am glad that a story sparked me to learn about them. Just goes to show, there are smart animals everywhere, and it’s just a matter of us finding out about them.

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