Corvus corone (Carrion Crow)
The species Corvus corone (Carrion Crow) belongs to the genus Corvus, which comprises of crows, Jackdaws, ravens and rooks. These birds are all part of the Corvidae family, which includes jays, magpies and nutcrackers. Interesting facts about the Crow.
1) A BIRD OF MYSTERY
In folklore, Crows have been associated with death and disease so much that a group of crows are called a murder. Fact is entirely different; crows are part of an extraordinary group of birds that are very clever and adaptable with strong social and family ties.
Crows and ravens are important in mythology, fables and native cultures. They are often identified as clever tricksters. In some cultures, they are symbols of good luck; in others, they bring bad luck.
2) CROWS ARE OMNIVOROUS
Crows are omnivorous which means they eat just about anything and their adaptability mean they are found all over the world.
3) CROW LIFECYCLE
The female Crow will incubate her eggs for 18 days and commonly raise 1-4 young crows. The young leave the nest at four weeks and are still fed up to two months when they will stay close to the group. Crows are a long-lived species living up to 14 years, although unlikely to get to anywhere near that age due to human persecution.
4)THE FAMILY IS EVERYTHING TO A CROW
Crows are highly social and are cooperative breeders meaning they often stay within the group after fledging and help to defend the next years' chicks. The family is everything to a crow.
5) THEY GRIEVE FOR THEIR DEAD, AND THEY CARE ABOUT THE LIVING BY WARNING OTHERS OF DANGER.
When a dead crow is found it has been observed that a group of live ones gather around the deceased but not touch the body. They will remember the area and any danger the individual's encounters; they then communicate this to the group who then collectively avoids the threat in the future even if it's prime food finding territory.