10 Odd and Interesting Facts About Crows and Ravens (North America)



***This video focuses on North American Crows and Ravens ***

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44 thoughts on “10 Odd and Interesting Facts About Crows and Ravens (North America)

  1. ghostofdayinperson July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I want to befriend a murder of crows, both for the companionship and so I can summon them to harass my enemies.

  2. Linda Jones July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    WHEN I WAS A CHILD MY FATHER USED TO SAY THIS OLD FASHIONED POEM WHICH AS A 6 YEAR OLD I COULD NOT FATHOM IT OUT
    ONCE A CROW SAT ON A PLOUGH .
    IF IT HASNT GONE ,IT,S STILL THERE NOW

    HOW I LOVED MY FATHER AND HIM ALWAYS TELLING US LOVELY TALES I ASKED BUT DAD HE MAY STILL BE THERE AND HE USED TO ANSWER ,,OH YES LIN IF HE HASNT GONE HE WILL STILL BE THERE AND HE WOULD SMILE I MYSELF AM 69 NOW AND IN MY MIND I CAN STILL SEE THE CROW SAT ON THE PLOUGH HE MUST BE GETTING FED UP

  3. a random person on the internet! July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    C L E V E R G I R L

  4. Evan Anderson July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    My grandmother was 1/4 crow

  5. Sarah Thomas July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Regarding crows killing crows… I live in Wales where I am fortunate to have lots of crows (and rooks, magpies, jays & ravens) around and it's said here that crows hold courts/trials, the 'accused' is in the middle of a gathering of crows (all on the ground) and they get quite vocal, then presumably they come to a consensus one way of the other and if found guilty they carry out a punishment, which involves the 'court/jury' attacking the 'guilty' party (sometimes killing the crow), interestingly the 'guilty' crow doesn't seem to fight back. I don't know if the trial/jury/sentence is entirely true or just an old wives tale but I have seen them do the gathering in a circle around a single crow, get raucous and then attack the one in the middle, so they definitely do something weird… you would think the 'accused' would just fly off but they don't they just stand and wait for the outcome. Here is an example (of the second half at least): https://youtu.be/7liZdySa-IU

    Another interesting thing is that we also have a lot of birds of prey (Red Kites, Buzzards, Peregrine Falcons, to name but a few) some of which are a lot bigger than crows but the crows always escort the birds of prey out of their territory, and the bigger bird goes, this makes sense when there are 3/4 crows to one bird of prey but sometimes it's just one crow and still the bigger bird keeps clear 😉

  6. kevinbollers2 July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    If you save a crows life he'll never forget you and will try to return the favour by helping you if you're ever in danger

  7. Christine Borgatti July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I was feeding the crows but they started playing in my flower garden and destroyed some plants. I had some sunflowers. One would land at the top of the stalk bringing it down to the ground and then would pull off all the leaves and break the stalk. I did put shiny objects in the garden and have gone back to feeding them, one in particular.

  8. Tonya Keldsen July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I have 2 life size ravens that are made from resin that hang on my wall. I ordered them from a Toscano catalog, but I have seen them elsewhere. Incredibly life like. Look exactly like 2 ravens perched on branches. My pride and joy. They are in remembrance of my raven friends I left behind when I moved, ( Topper and Boo ). I couldn’t tell them apart by appearance, only by behavior.
    Funny but my I moved into a new place and befriended 2 others. Blessed

  9. Laural Lee July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Bill hildebrandt is a fag wannabe bike

  10. Julie Robbs July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I was always pretty neutral when it came to crows. I didn’t hate them, never considered them ugly, but I wasn’t thrilled by them either, until one day last summer I was filming some Canada geese and one crow happened to land right in front of me. I watched him for a good 10 minuets, as he sat there spouting off a variety of calls, it was quite amusing. So much so, that I stopped filming the geese, and turned my phone to the crow!!!! It was so fascinating to sit, listen and wonder what this little guy was saying, and who was he saying it to??? That 10 minuets definitely changed my view of crows, and maybe if I watch them long enough, I’ll eventually figure out (to some extent) just what those calls mean. You should do a video about Gulls (Seagulls) as these highly intelligent birds also get a bad rap. After spending months with a few select Gulls, my mind was truly changed.

  11. GloomyZoroark1723 July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Not my story but it is my grandmas. When my grandma moved to florida and got a house she installed a bird feeder although it only attracted crows. there was a particular fat one that she named gordito. one day gordito was being attacked by a stray cat and my grandma intervened seeing as how she was close by. Ever since then gordito would actively follow her around and give her gifts like marbles, colored glass and in one case a tiny keychain. In her words gordito was the sweetest bird shes ever met. A few years later gordito passed away but his murder continues to visit her to this day and she still leaves food out for them

  12. Jazhua Vanboven July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Additional fact about graveyard crows :Fresh Graves are plentiful with easy to catch worms in soft dirt on newer Graves.

  13. SoraShadowdancer July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    So, what I'm getting from number 1 is that it isn't so much a murder as it is manslaughter. Crowslaughter, if you will. :-p

  14. Shirley Stroup July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I feed a group of crows every day. They've never leave me any gifts, but I keep hoping.
    They eat cat food and seem to love it.

  15. Frank Blangeard July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I slipped on some ice one winter and as soon as I hit the ground I heard someone heartily laughing at my misfortune. Turned out to be a nearby raven in a tree.

  16. Commander Palace July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I used to feed the crows at the park where me and my friends hung out at lunch near the permanent school I was at and i remember when i was walking home i stopped and looked at one besides the path (because I like them ) and he/she turned and looked at me as if to say "have you got food" I didn't have anything safe for a crow to eat so I just said sorry and walked home. unfortunately it's been years since I have seen them as the school was moved to the newer building but it was nice to know they didn't see me as a threat (and that they still probably remember my face).

  17. Skinny Lowkey July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    The gulls at ocean isle North Carolina would dig up clams and mussels along the waterway then then fly over the road and drop them to break them open. The crows would hide in the scrub on the dunes and swoop in for the clam before the gull could react. Serves he gulls right…they would swarm people carrying anything that looked edible….the crows would watch and wait for handouts or crumbs but never attack

  18. Col7777 July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I studied Crows and I found out why a lot get killed on the road by big trucks. When Crows spot some carrion on the road they always have a look-out to warn them of danger.
    I noticed the look out would shout KAH KAH when a car was approaching, but they haven't learned to say TRUCk TRUCK.

  19. Juanita McCracken July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    A young crow has been in my back yard a couple of days. It doesn't fly. It's parents are around. It is extremely hot. I would like to socialize it. What seed do they like. It would take 2 hands to pick it up. It has moved less than 10 ft. In 2 days

  20. Angelus Buzolic July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    They really are beautiful animals

  21. fishbot July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    iv'e seen my chickens morn the death of another

  22. Vlad Bissonette July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I follow the crow, the coyote follow the crow, we all follow the crow.

  23. WalkingOnSunshineMan July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    they eat humans? i will kill everyone

  24. vjeran vlahovic July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    lesley i have a black cat……we have a huge number of crows in Zagreb and they are becoming a problem.but they are also protected….idk how will they solve the problem….maybe with falcons…..crows and reavens are very smart birds but men didnt put them in legends for no reason.there is something about them…..as there is about cats….so i have them 5 and one of them is black as i have wrote.greetings from Zagreb

  25. Matt Silverwolf July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Personally I prefer European crows with their cool grey vests 😀

  26. John Figueroa July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I hand raised two crows. They are quite the handful but I've never seen another bird as smart or affectionate as they are.

  27. Ed Klein July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Where I park for work 3 cars . I leave seed for crows in am & @ the end of my day , now the other 2 cars always get covered in bird shit, where as mine maybe only ever gets one drop. The seem to know & choose who their friends are 😊

  28. David Ridlespriger July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    If it ain't pussy,
    Then I don't want it.

  29. John Young July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    cool

  30. nashmvp09 July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    the crows also like jalapeno potato chips

  31. Mushpop mushy July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Rawr

  32. Asad Chishti July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Killed a crow last year . Other crows still craw on me.

  33. Asad Chishti July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    They are so killable

  34. Paula Countryman July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    The crows I've had come visit my yard after the corn fields have been harvested, one will sing out the dinner sound when they see me with the food. I also noticed by watching them that they will bring food to others in the flock..

  35. DesertMav 76 July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I’ve always loved crows & ravens and there’s an excellent book called Mind of the Raven I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  36. Stephen Blackwell July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    It always a good idea to keep yourself off the menu

  37. Kelly Alves July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    One person’s harbinger of death is another person’s sanitation engineer.

  38. Der Schwarzbrenner July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Wow Itachi was smart.

    Thank you for this awesome video!

  39. abitofbirdsong July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    This is so awesome! I am loving your channel. We have a lot of crows in our yard. I love to watch them and have recently started getting pictures and videos of them. My stepdad had an uncle who had a “pet” crow that could count. I never met it in person but they all talked about it. xxLynn

  40. bob wilson July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I have a family of crows that I feed, one will come really close to me and follow me around when I'm walking my 2 dogs and when I get home I give it peanuts, I think it is male but I'm not sure. When I'm in my house he'll come and look in my window and wait for me to get some food for him.

  41. James Longstreet July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I Knew they were smart,but to recognize faces,nice.

  42. Doc James July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Yes I have a story. I am part native american. I'm crow and apache on my grandmother's side. Well, when I was in high school I had to walk to the bus three or four blocks in a residential area. So, every time I walked down a certain block I would have two or three crows dive bomb at my head. I would have to travel at least three streets out of my way to avoid them, I don't know why.

  43. Tonya Keldsen July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I have two Ravens that have befriended me. I feed them every morning when I feed my dogs which is after our 4 mile walk in which they follow checking in periodically.
    Before we moved I had another pair for many many years and they used to bring their young by as well when they were old enough. Miss those guys but we still go up there a couple times a month and believe it or not they fly in to greet me. Like the know I am coming to visit

  44. Ellen McIntyre July 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I live next to a meat market – crow central! I talk w/ them, as they are Messengers I native American folklore. Always notice what they're doing…it might be they have have a message for you!

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