of crows … well, corvid species actually. *makes a silly ghost noise*
*coughs, looking rather embarrassed* Right, let’s just move on, shall we?
A couple of interesting facts you probably don’t know about crows and their relatives:
The American Crow (C. brachyrhynchos) is extremely intelligent for a bird – although the Common Raven (Corvus corax) still outshines the crow. Scientific experiments have borne out the idea that common crows have a rudimentary language, can recognize salient characteristics of individuals (as opposed to recognizing shapes) and remember prior behavior from those individuals towards the crow. Not only that, the experiments also seem to show that the common crow passes along all of this information to other members of the flock, and indeed, other flocks.
The Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) does not solely feed by scavenging carrion. Actually, the carrion crow is rather fond of cooperating with other carrion crows in hunting small mammals, when the opportunity arises.
The Common Raven is one of the few birds that displays intelligence in problem solving and tool-using behavior. Next they’ll be making microchips and chirping ‘Nevermore’ all the time.
P.S. – Mr. Hitchcock, where are you when I need you? ^^