The raven is sometimes known as “the wolf-bird.” Ravens, like many other animals, scavenge at wolf kills, but there’s more to it than that.
Both wolves and ravens have the ability to form social attachments and they seem to have evolved over many years to form these attachments with each other, to both species’ benefit.
There are a couple of theories as to why wolves and ravens end up at the same carcasses. One is that because ravens can fly, they are better at finding carcasses than wolves are. But they can’t get to the food once they get there, because they can’t open up the carcass. So they’ll make a lot of noise, and then wolves will come and use their sharp teeth and strong jaws to make the food accessible not just to themselves, but also to the ravens.
Ravens have also been observed circling a sick elk or moose and calling out, possibly alerting wolves to an easy kill. The other theory is that ravens respond to the howls of wolves preparing to hunt (and, for that matter, to human hunters shooting guns). They find out where the wolves are going and following. Both theories may be correct.
Wolves and ravens also play. A raven will sneak up behind a wolf and yank its tail and the wolf will play back. Ravens sometimes respond to wolf howls with calls of their own, resulting in a concert of howls and calls.
Sources: Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich, The American Crow and the Common Raven, Lawrence Kilham
Crows are scary
- use tools
- Can be taught to speak (like parrots)
- Have huge brains for birds
- like seriously their brain-to-body size ratio is equal to that of a chimpanzee
- They vocalize anger, sadness, or happiness in response to things
- they are scary smart at solving puzzles
- some ravens stay with their mates until one of them dies
- they can remember faces
- SIDENOTE HERE BECAUSE HOLY SHIT. They did an experiment where these guys wore masks and some of them fucked with crows. Pretty soon the crows recognized the masks = douchebag. But the nice guys with masks they left alone. THEN, OH WE’RE NOT DONE, NO SIR crows that WEREN’T EVEN IN THE EXPERIMENT AND NEVER SAW THE MASK BEFORE knew about mask-dudes and attacked them on sight. THEY PASSED ON THE FUCKING INFORMATION TO THEIR CROW BUDDIES.
- They remember places where crows were killed by farmers and change their migration patterns.
Guys I’m really scared of crows now.
i love crows so much
crows are amazing
My favorite legend is that crows are the souls of the dead
crows are the coolest shit
The Raven (1935)
Meeting of the Day
Shoutout to the crows that turned an empty exhibit into their own personal water mosh
for the most part I cannot identify each type of crow, but…
#2, #3 and #4 are most likely American Crows, #5 is a Jackdaw, #6 is a Carrion Crow, and #7 is a House Crow
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It is a widely spread notion that we domesticated dogs, but cats domesticated themselves. This dichotomy has affected the way we interact with both species, with most dogs being expected to at least know some tricks, if not being fully trained, where as cats are allowed to simply, do their thing.
Thinking on this had me wondering where crows are headed.One way or another their relationship with humanity is growing ever closer. In some places more contentious, in others more cooperative; in either case, humanity and crows are growing ever more closely enmeshed.
Here in Vancouver I encounter them everywhere I go. From getting up and looking out my front window, to hunting and scavenging in the downtown alleys. They watch us, study us, befriend us, harass us and thrive because of us.
This topic is always swirling around in my head.
Are we going to attempt to domesticate the birds? Are they going to self-domesticate to survive, becoming even closer companions to us? Are we going to go into direct competition with them as resources get scarcer?
In a future where global environs promise to be more extreme and wild, I can only imagine that the evolution of the species that survive the next millennium will be quite drastic.
I’m not really going anywhere with this, just thinking aout loud.