Crows — An Australian Export?

Krahe Crow in Boots by Rudi Hurzlmeier
Krahe Crow in Boots by Rudi Hurzlmeier

I read an intriguing article about crows (and corvidae in general) and how they originated in an Australian part of Gondwana ((In paleogeography, Gondwana (play /ɡɒndˈwɑːnə/), originally Gondwanaland, was the southernmost of two supercontinents (the other being Laurasia) that later became parts of the Pangaea supercontinent. It existed from approximately 510 to 180 million years ago (Mya).)) ((Wikipedia)), something I did not know. How very interesting! I learn something new every day! This article is worth reading but I won’t re-post it here, I will link it instead. Just visit here to read the original article by Stephen Debus.

Did you also know that Crows were most likely in the United States long before people? ((In the Company of Crows And Ravens By John M. Marzluff, Tony Angell, Paul R. Ehrlich)) So, think of that next time you feel they are being pests and invading your land. Perhaps, the more likely story is you are invading theirs. It is a good idea to share and share alike with crows and humans alike. How much corn can they really eat? Plants a few extra stalk for them.

Difference between Ravens and Crows

A fantastic video explaining (and showing) the difference between ravens and crows…

 

The people who made this video, Rick and Diana Boufford, have a fantastic website, Raven Diaries, with lots of goodies (information, stories, photos, a much longer video all about ravens…etc!) You should definitely check it out! And they have their own youtube account (Raven Diaries) here.

Lecture on Crows by John Marzluff

You might have heard of this fellow, John Marzluff. He is a professor at the University of Washington who studies crows. He is the one who led the research with the ability of facial recognition by crows. If you haven’t read it, you can read it here. Yes, crows can recognize a person’s face and teach other crows to learn it as well. They have an elaborate way of communicating, one we cannot comprehend YET! =)  John Marzluff has written a few crow related books (one will be released in June of this year!). Here is a lecture on crows I found…check it out…

Crow Jokes

A little feathered-funnies…

Q: What do you call four crows milling about on the side of a road?
A: An attempted murder!

Q: Why should you never let a crow use your telephone?
A: Crows like to make long distance caws!

Q: Why do crows never receive a busy signal when they call each other on the telephone?
A: They all have caw-waiting!

Q: Where do crows congregate to have a cold one?
A: The Crow Bar! (And some of the bad crow guys hang around amidst the crocus (crow-cuss)!

Q: What is the name of one coin in the corvine monetary system?
A: A caw-ter!

Q: What do geese watch on TV?
A: Duckumentaries.

Q: What do you call a mischievous egg?
A. A practical yolker.

Q: What do you call a crow’s mother???
A. CHROMA!!

Q: What do you call a watch worn by crow in a photo?
A. Photo-cro-ma-tic

Q: What does the crow take to work in his thermos?

A. Caw-fee.

Q: What did the crow do when he didn’t want to go to work?
A. Caw-ed in sick.

Q. What did the crow do when he was tired of the disco?
A. Caw-ed it a night.

Q. What ages-old crowd-rousing technique did the crow learn in church?
A. Caw and response.

Q. Why do I make up really bad crow jokes?
A. Just be-caws.

Q. Where do crows come from?
A. Croatia.

Q. What is crows favourite game?
A. Croquet.

Q: Why did a scarecrow win a nobel prize?
A. He was outstanding in his field.

Q: What did the crow use to waterproof his nest?
A. Caw-king!

Q: At Christmas, who brings presents and toys to all good little crow girls and boys?
A. Santa Caws!

Q. What is an albino crow called?
A. Caw-casian

Q. What is the most popular FPS among crows?
A. Caw of Duty

Q. What do teen crows do after highschool?
A. Go to cawlege

Q. What is a crow’s favorite software?
A. MiCROWsoft cawffice

I understand that a crow has one less pinion feather than a raven. Therefore how do you tell a crow from a raven? It’s a matter of opinion.