Crows facts! Hey wait! Don’t close this article. We know that many of you out there are kind of disgusted by these birds because of their annoying habit of targeting and pooping on people. However, despite that annoying habit of theirs, they are actually cool birds. They are intelligent, they are cleaner birds and they are highly social too! You should absolutely learn these fascinating crow facts before you decide to hate these birds forever. We are pretty sure that by the end of this article, some of you will say ‘hey, crow is my favorite bird’! Okay, maybe we went too far but we are sure that you won’t hate them as much as you hate them now. So, let us begin…
Fascinating Crow Facts: 1-5
1. Did you know that of all bird species that fly in our skies and live on this planet, the crow has the largest brain-to-body ratio? This explains why they are very intelligent and often outsmart humans.
2. Talking of the brain, their forebrain is very developed. This means that they are intelligent. Why so? Because forebrain is where the intelligence of a creature is regulated.
3. While staying on the subject of brain, it is worth saying that the anatomy of a crow’s brain is very similar to that of a human brain.
4. Crows can be found in every continent of this planet barring Antarctica. No matter where you go, you will find this bird.
5. The scientific name of crow is Corvus brachyrhynchos. It belongs to the family Covidae and to the genus Corvus.
Fascinating Crow Facts: 6-10
6. Mexico’s Dwarf Jay is the smallest of all crows found in this world. Dwarf Jay weighs only 40 grams and grows no more than 21.5 centimeters in length.
7. There are some really big crows. Ethiopia’s Corvus crassirostris or Thick-billed Raven and Corvus corax of the Common Raven are the largest in the crow family, each measuring 65 centimeters in length and weighing 1500 grams.
8. Crows are pretty old. They first appeared during Miocene Period some 17 million years ago in Oceana and Australia.
9. Guess who is the closest relative of the Bird of Paradise? It is the crow!
10. Crows are omnivores. They eat just about anything that they think is edible (very much like the Chinese). From rotting carcass to worm-infested garbage – everything is a tasty snack for them.
Fascinating Crow Facts: 11-15
11. Surprise, surprise! A group of crows is known as Murder. Why that weird name? When a sick or heavily wounded crow is about to die, the other crows will gather around and aggressively attack and kill the dying crow quickly. This makes Murder the apt name.
12. Crows maintain only one mate for their entire life. They don’t reach sexual maturity until they reach the age of 2 but some often wait longer to get their soulmate. Once they find their soulmate, it is a lifetime’s bonding!
13. They display what is known as cooperative breeding. What’s that? When a female crow is incubating, other crows (whether soulmate or not) will watch out and protect the incubating female.
14. Both parents take care of the babies and help them with feeding. That may not be weird but this is weird – some of the offspring will actually stay back to look after the next batch of babies.
15. Crows are amazingly social and smart. There can be several Murders. How will a crow know which Murder it belongs to? That’s possible with the help of specialized dialect every Murder develops.
Fascinating Crow Facts: 16-20
16. Crows are very much capable of remembering faces. In Seattle, a group of scientists wore a specific type of mask and captured seven crows but later released them. The crows remembered the masks and later, whenever they saw the mask, they attacked.
17. Interestingly, they didn’t attack the researchers when they wore different types of masks. They attacked only the specific type the researchers used for abducting the crows.
18. They didn’t just remember, they actually spread the news among friends. So, when the other crows saw the horror mask (the heard stories of), they attacked too.
19. They don’t forget easily. Two years after the Seattle scientists conducted the experiment, the crows still remembered the mask and attacked again!
20. Hey wait! It is not over yet. The abduction tale actually becomes a crow legend passed on from generation to generation and new younger crows grabbed every details of the masks.
That concludes our list of 20 fascinating crow facts. Guess what? We are not done yet! There’s so much to tell about crows. Stay tuned. We are already on our second article on crow facts. We are damn sure; you are going to love those facts too! By the way, did you like these facts?