Juggling Myths: How Much Do We Really Know About Crows?

Juggling Myths: How Much Do We Really Know About Crows?


Crows are one of the most common birds found in many parts of the world, and yet, there are still many myths and misconceptions about them. From their intelligence to their diet, crows have been the focus of folklore and superstition for centuries. But how much do we really know about these birds?


Crows are considered to be among the most intelligent of all birds. They are capable of recognizing individual humans and have even been observed using tools to manipulate their environment. They have also been observed to communicate with one another through a wide range of vocalizations. This indicates that crows are much more intelligent than most people think and may even be capable of solving complex problems.


Contrary to popular belief, crows are not scavengers. In fact, their diet consists largely of insects and other invertebrates, fruits, nuts, and eggs. They are also known to eat carrion, but only when necessary. So while they may eat roadkill, they are not necessarily scavengers.

Social Behavior

Crows have a complex social system that includes a variety of behaviors, such as cooperative hunting, mobbing, and even funerals. They also form strong bonds with other members of their flock and are known to mate for life. Crows will often form “murder” (large flocks) which can range from 10-20 birds to thousands of birds.

Mythology and Folklore

Throughout history, crows have been associated with death and the afterlife in many cultures. In some cultures, they were believed to be the spirits of the dead and were thought to be omens of misfortune or bad luck. In other cultures, they were seen as messengers of the gods and were believed to be able to deliver messages from the spirit world. While these myths may have been based on superstition and fear, they still serve as a reminder of how much we don’t know about crows.


Crows are fascinating creatures that have been the subject of myths and folklore for centuries. While we may still know little about them, what we do know suggests that crows are intelligent and highly social birds with complicated social behaviors. The next time you see a crow, take a moment to reflect on the mystery and wonder that surrounds them.

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