Interesting Facts About Crows: They Can Remember Your Face!

Crows are blackbirds well known for their intelligence and adaptability, and for their loud, harsh “caw.” They also have a reputation for damaging crops; however, their impact may be less than previously thought.
The genus Corvus comprises crows, ravens, and rooks. These birds are all part of the Corvidae family, which includes jays, magpies, and nutcrackers.
Admonished as ill-omen, bad luck, or representation of evil; crows, on the contrary, are in fact very interesting birds, who perform some astounding feats with their cleverness and dexterity. It amazes most of the humans who often consider them as a simple nuisance.
These birds are so resilient and intelligent that they have been successful in outsmarting humans for accessing food from their domain. Their level of intelligence sets them apart from other birds! With more than 120 species, crows thrive in almost all the continents, other than Antartica.
Mankind has a long and checkered past with crows and ravens: They have been feared as symbols of death, because they’re all black and scary, revered as creators of the world because, well, it was either them or the seagulls, and worshiped as trickster gods, because of their baffling intelligence.
This bird deserves respect and admiration, but unfortunately, they are often misunderstood, maltreated, and misrepresented. Read on to find out more interesting facts about crows.
1. Crows have the biggest brain to body ratio of all bird species. Evolved with a highly developed forebrain, where intelligence is regulated, the anatomy of the crow brain is much similar to humans’.
2. They can remember your face. Next time you see a group of crows, look closely. Try to remember which one is which, and see if you can tell the difference between them the next time you pass.
Odds are good that you can’t; they’re crows, which makes them all big black birds. On the other hand, every last one of them very likely remembers you as the weird human who kept staring at them.
We know this because researchers in Seattle performed an experiment with some crows around their college campus. They captured seven of the birds, tagged them, then let them go. And they did it all while wearing creepy skin masks because it was funny.
So, the scientists weren’t just playing out horror movie fantasies — they were testing whether the crows could recognize human faces or not. It turns out they can. The best thing about them is that they create their dialect. This thing differentiates them from other crows. They can easily recognize so that next time they can react to them.
3. They also exhibit “cooperative breeding behavior” which means that they watch out for the mom while she’s incubating, and they all help feed the babies until they’re self-sufficient. Some offspring even stay to help out with the next batch of babies.
4. Crows are omnivorous because they like to eat anything that is edible to them. They also have the rotting carcass for a meal. They eat small animals, insects and also feed on vegetables. It is also observed that crows eat garbage.
These species are famous for destroying the crops. They eat the seeds of the crops. It is said that they need about 12 ounces of diet on a daily basis. Research has shown that they can eat about 1000 different dishes.
5. Crows have a very complex form of language and their distinctive ‘cawing’ has different meanings at different times. They have also been known to mimic sounds of other animals and can associate different commotions to different events.
6. Crow meat is edible and is found in some selected restaurants in the Western part of the globe. In fact, crow meat is considered much healthier than pork. It has been found that crow meat contains fewer toxins than pork.

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