We take crows for granted. They’re those ugly garbage-eating birds that hang out in parking lots and crap on cars, right?
Well, sure, but there’s much more to them than that.
Crowbox will send you instructions on how to build a “vending machine” that crows will insert change into in exchange for peanuts, or whatever else they might eat. I saw one swallow several French fries whole earlier.
If they’ll do that, what else will they do? Could you get one to swoop down and “yoink” dollar bills or debit cards out of people’s hands at a food truck or outdoor ticket booth? Could you train a crow to attack someone? Maybe, because crows remember human faces and hold grudges.
Yes, if you wrong a crow, or if it just plain doesn’t like your face, it will remember, and let you know exactly what it thinks of you. I’ve witnessed this, and it’s kind of adorable but also creepy. What makes it even more extraordinary is that one crow can teach others that you’re a “bad” human and then they’ll hate you too. Seriously.
Sure, they supposedly only gather around their dead in order to determine whether a threat to the rest of them exists, but we don’t know that they aren’t mourning. Crows are intelligent, long-lived animals. Maybe more intelligent than dogs, and I know that dogs mourn the loss of their friends. Crows live longer than most dogs, as well.
How long do they live? The general consensus seems to be 7-14 years, if something doesn’t kill them much earlier. They can apparently live much longer in captivity.
Crows can talk, like parrots. Check it out!
Clearly, crows are much more intelligent and complex than they’re generally given credit for. And they like Cheerios, I’ve personally discovered. I found this out while eating a bowl of them in my car, of course, like any totally normal person would(yes, milk and all) and tossing them a few.
Next time you see a crow, ask it how its day is going. And if it wants Cheerios. The answer may surprise you.