The Misunderstood Crow

Did you know that crows are incredibly intelligent? They are right on par with the chimpanzee, as these two animals share the same ability as humans to make and use tools. An example of their intelligence is that they will drop shelled nuts up in the air and down to the pavement in order to crack them open. Or they will drop the nut strategically in an area where a car is passing. They even watch and understand traffic lights in order to safely go ahead and fetch their meal!

Interesting Facts About Crows

  • Very family oriented
  • Mate for life
  • Owl is their natural predator
  • Mimic certain calls of other birds, animals, and even humans
  • Although dark and gloomy in appearance, they are not a good killer. Their beak is dull and must wait for another animal to puncture foods such as carcasses
  • Less of a urban pest than pigeons, but thrive in agricultural settings
  • Federally protected
  • Northern birds will fly thousands of miles during the winter, while southern birds stay put
  • Can live up to 7 years in the wild, but 20 years in captivity

However, the crow’s intelligence may be used as a defense against humans, making it difficult to protect areas the birds are creating a nuisance.
Bird Spikes as well as StealthNet are good options to move the population of crows to a different area.

Check out this video of a crow used a wire as a hook to grab food.

Crows using cars to crack nuts for dinner

Want to learn more about crows? Check out some more info here!