Tuesday, December 13, 2011


An American crow. Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

Most people consider crows to be the equivalent of flying rats with the added annoyance of their extremely raucous, constant cawing back and forth.

However, crows also have some very human-like qualities. They are extremely intelligent creatures who consistently solve problems and use tools to get what they are after. They also form strong attachments to their flock; and, particularly their mate. Crows mate for life and are devoted to each other. If one of the pair becomes ill or injured, its mate will bring food to the disabled bird and protect it from predators. Not only that; but, during the breeding season the young from the previous year will assist their parents in feeding and protecting the newest babies.

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