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January 1, 2011 Volume 3

A Murder of Crows
Condensed by Native Village

Crows live everywhere except Antarctica, and are part of the myths and legends of Native American and other cultures. The birds  can be comical to frightening, godlike or wise, bringers of light and bringers of death.

While crows may be all these things, one thing we know:  crows are among the most intelligent animals on the planet.
New research shows that:





Crows use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do.
Crows recognize 250 distinct calls.
Crows can recognize individual human faces and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later.
Crows thrive where people live and use their intelligence to adapt to a constantly changing world.
Crows can memorize garbage truck routes, and follow the feast from day to day.
Crows drop nuts in the road and wait for passing cars to crack them open.
Crows sometimes build their nests from items we throw away Ė like wire clothes hangers.
Crows are social birds and mate for life.
Crows raise their young for up to five years.
Crows learn from each otherís misfortunes. When one is killed in a farmerís field, they may change entire migratory patterns so they don't fly over that field. They do this up to 2 years.



A flock of crows may be called a "murder" of crows, but nothing is murderous at all. The scariest thing about crows is how much they know about us, and how little we know about them.


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