Murder Of Crows
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Murder of Crows by Michele Avanti, mixed media digital painting.
I have always thought it fascinating that a group of crows is called a murder, the most common belief for the use of the word murder is found at the end of this description.
Crows are super intelligent and in many native cultures considered messengers from Creator. I personally love to hear them talk. They have many modulations and definitely have their own language.
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Loud, rambunctious, and very intelligent, crows are either loved or hated by humans. Farmers consider crows pests that damage crops by eating their seedlings. Their black feathers made many people fear them throughout history, often associating them with death. Crows are in the corvidae family which includes ravens, magpies, and blue jays. The ubiquitous crow is loved by many for its sharp intelligence.
Crows live all over the world, except for South America, New Zealand, and Antarctica.
Crows are predators and scavengers, which means that they will eat practically anything. Their diet consists of various road-kill, insects, frogs, snakes, mice, corn, human fast food, even eggs and nestlings of other birds. An adult crow needs 11 ounces of food daily.
Crows are very social and have a tight-knit family. They roost in huge numbers (in the thousands) to protect themselves from enemies like red-tailed hawks, horned-owls, and raccoons. Crows also use 25 different calls. The distress call brings other crows to their aid, as crows will defend unrelated crows. Crow couples are thought to mate for life.
A group of crows is called a "murder." This name came about because a group of crows will sometimes kill a dying crow.
January 8th, 2015
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