Crow facts

Did you know?


  • You can test your bird braininess with this clever game. Pretend to be a crow:




  • Crows are among the most intelligent animals.


  • Crows are found everywhere in the world except the high Arctic, Antarctica, New Zealand and the southernmost part of South America.


  • Although crows are known to be raucous, they become quiet and secretive near their nests.


  • Crows are independent: they mate for life, but tend not to go about in large flocks, hence the saying, “A crow in a crowd is a rook, and a rook on its own is a crow,” or, “See a rook? That’s a crow. See crows? That’s rooks.”


  • Male and female crows look the same: they’re not like ducks or pheasants where the males are colourful and handsome and the females are dull.


  • Crows use their calls to communicate with one another. They have remarkable vocal range, and can even imitate humans.


  • Crows are creatures of legend, fables and poetry, from Aesop to Ted Hughes and from Chinese to Inuit cultures.


  • There are 11,000 members of the Crow Tribe, and most live on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. Their word for “crow” is “áalihte”.


  • “Nosy Crow” translates as “Corbeau Curieux” in French, “Cuervo Curioso” in Spanish, “Neugierige Krähe” in German, “Nifikna Kråkan” in Swedish, “Nieuwsgierige Kraai” in Dutch, 詮索好きなカラス in Japanese, “Sorrë Kurioz” in Albanian, “Nysgjerrigkråka” in Norwegian, “עורב חטטן” in Hebrew and “4e6f73792043726f77” in hex ASCII (used by computers to encode text).
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