The gray crow is a bright representative of the family of corvids, which belong to the group of passerines. So her pretty close relatives are sparrows and tits, despite the difference in size. But the closest relatives of the gray crows are magpies, jackdaws and ravens. The latter is often considered the crow of the crow, although they are two different species. It happened because of the similar names in the Russian language, in the English version there is no such confusion - there the names of the species are not consonant.
In appearance, these birds are easily distinguished: the crow is gray-black, the raven is black, because of this color they are often confused with rooks.
In our country, this species is distributed very widely. Crows settle in forests, near water bodies, and also near farmland. In addition, a significant part of the settled populations live near people in large settlements.
When the crows make their nests, they are separated from the flock and try to protect the borders of their site. In cities, ubiquitous pairing and mating games can be seen as early as February. The earliest chicks appear not earlier than April, in one clutch there are 3-6 eggs, less often up to 7-8. Old nests, birds, as a rule, do not use, they build new ones, but not far from the old ones. In the wild, birds breed their offspring at a distance of 1-2 km from another pair, in the city this gap is much smaller.
How much lives a crow in nature and home
Black ravens are often credited with mystical properties, including an incredibly long life — 300 years. In fact, the bird will live for 20-30 years, although there are statements about long-livers - 75 years.
How many gray crows live? It is believed that the same as raven, or slightly less. In the wild, healthy, strong specimens live for up to 20 years, in captivity, in good conditions, the bird can live a little more due to the fact that it does not have to extract food itself. It is important for the owner to know what the crows eat in order to choose the right food - so the pet will be healthy and live longer.
How to choose a pet
The biggest mistake is to take an adult wild bird. She will never get used to the cage, will have a malicious temper and run away at the slightest opportunity. Many try to take the young individual, which still does not know how to fly, and get the same behavior. Chicks need to be raised from 2-3 months of age, if he is already over 6 months, then he will not get used to you. But even this does not guarantee a meek disposition - the crows are vicious, noisy, biting, and with age these qualities increase.
Yes, they are often funny, the birds of this species are very smart, but they are not very friendly and very few people are suitable as a pet because of their behavior.
A gray crow is better not to keep it clean - this bird is noisy and dirty. Even when kept in a cage, dirt will spread far beyond its borders. Her litter is liquid, which also adds problems, and the smell is not the most pleasant. But if you are ready to clean and ventilate the room often and you are not afraid of difficulties, here are some tips:
- with the opportunity to build an aviary - this is the best home for a bird in captivity,
- you can keep the crow in a cage and even in a box, if it is sufficiently socialized, and it can be released into the room,
- equip a place of residence with a thick stick-roost,
- for free flights around the room, do not forget that the crow eats almost everything and often loves to make stashes - they can be not only from food, but also from various favorite things like keys, coins, pens and other things.
What do the crows eat
In wild nature
This bird does not disdain anything - it calmly eats any food waste, even carrion. She likes to steal bird eggs, and because of this, she has a bad reputation. Often, an agricultural bird gets into the field of view of a crow - its eggs and young animals, with which it also does not mind eating.
What does a crow eat if you keep it at home? In general, such a pet will be omnivorous, and it depends only on the owner how fully and diverse his diet will be. You can make any porridge, food for cats and dogs, cottage cheese, all kinds of nuts, germinated acorns, fruits and dried fruits, any vegetables, eggs in the shell, germinated grain, raw meat of birds and animals (be careful with chicken, which is often found antibiotics ), offal, seafood, rodents and insects (flour worm, grasshoppers, larvae of the May chrushka).
The pet must have round-the-clock access to water, mineral supplementation is also necessary. You can buy it in specialized stores or prepare it yourself - to give a mixture of calcined shells, crushed bricks, charcoal and sand. Separately, it is worth giving clay - to birds it is very important, and they use it in almost any form, dry, wet or as a thick slurry of water.
With a varied diet, the crow almost does not need additional vitamins, but for prophylaxis it is possible to conduct a two-week fortification every six months.
What a crow eats is understandable, but it is still useful to know that it is not worth giving. When you read the banned list, you get the full impression that you are at the therapist’s reception: the crows cannot be sweet, fatty, salty, all alcoholic, smoked, sausages, raw fish (due to the risk of infestation by parasites) and citrus fruits (due to frequent allergic reactions ).
In fact, it is not so important what exactly a crow eats, how it does it is important. Birds of this species have high intelligence, and therefore even the process of feeding should be used in order to make the pet's life more saturated and interesting. Simply put, he must work hard to get food. To do this, you need as little as possible to process food, for example, chickens and mice should be given to gutted, vegetables, fruits and nuts should be given whole, without prior cleaning and cutting. Such food will take a bird for a long time, make you break your head and work with claws and beak, which will serve as a kind of exercise for the muscles.
You can make forage caps - these are toys in which the food is hidden. For example, to wrap pieces of food in paper or small plastic bottles, so that for the crow it was a difficult and interesting task.
Well, in general, do not forget about the games with a pet, experts recommend to give the crow at least 2-3 hours a day.
The appearance of the bird
The crow's torso is gray in color, while the tail, head and wings are completely black, cast in a metallic sheen. Externally, the constitution is a bit like a rook. The gray crow is distinguished from it by a rather dense constitution, wide blunt wings and a beak slightly tilted down. Body weight does not usually exceed 700 g.
Juveniles have a brown hue of plumage, blue eyes, and their oral cavity is pink.
These birds are considered omnivorous, since they can feed on insects, frogs, chicks, fish, and plant food. In addition, food waste is often the main feed for many of them.
Ornithologists are still arguing about how much the gray crow lives. Allegations of their longevity have not yet found confirmation. In captivity, the life expectancy of birds is somewhat longer and ranges from 15 to 20 years.
Quite troublesome to keep the gray crow in a residential environment. A more suitable place for it may be a country house or a cottage. The bird must be equipped with a special aviary with dimensions of at least 1x2 meters and a minimum height of 2 meters. It is better not to allow her free movement around the apartment, since the crows are rather curious and active creatures. A few minutes will be enough for them to tear off the wallpaper, scatter things and cause any other harm to the dwelling.
In order for the gray crow to feel at home in confidence, the aviary needs to be equipped with various perches, branches, and it is even better to place a dry tree with branches horizontally arranged in it. All feeders and drinkers should be securely attached to the wall. On the floor spread a special coating that is easy to clean. On top of it put a layer of sawdust or moss, which is periodically replaced as contaminated. If the crow is provided with a separate room, you can simply lay the floor in it with linoleum.
Birds have a habit of sharpening their beaks and claws. For this purpose, you need to install a birch block. So that the activity of the crow does not lead to the destruction of the interior, various toys, shiny balls are thrown at her in the aviary, then they will have something to do alone.
Crows love to swim. Ready to undergo this procedure more than once a day. You can sometimes put in a cage a special container with water intended for swimming.
There are usually no special nutritional problems, since the crow is gray - an omnivorous bird. The main thing in the preparation of the diet is diversity. You can give raw and boiled meat, chicken offal, eggs, various cereals, fruits and vegetables, fish, bread.
In order for a pet to grow up healthy and active, it is necessary to provide it with mineral supplements and vitamins. You can buy them at any pet store. The dressing is placed in a separate feeder, then the bird will be able to choose the amount it needs. You should be prepared for the fact that you have to clean the aviary quite often, because the very gray bird is a very sloppy bird.
Nestlings eat almost the same food as adults. Usually they are fed a special mash, which consists of meat, finely chopped vegetables and porridge, taken in equal parts. Sometimes they should be given low-fat cottage cheese. At first, the chicks are fed with hands. This allows you to quickly establish a trust relationship between the bird and man. Taking food from a bowl teaches them to gradually.
There are a number of products that should not be given to these birds. These include fatty meats, salted, spicy and fried foods. It is very important that in the open-air cage where the gray-crowed crow lives, there should always be clear water for drinking.
These birds are very easy to learn, and with time they can even be taught to walk on a leash. During training, the hand must be protected with a special leather glove. Equipment for walks is chosen very thoroughly, because the health and life of the pet will largely depend on it.
When the bird learns to return at the first call of the owner, you can walk with it without a leash. The main thing is that at this time there should not be a cluster of her relatives. Otherwise it threatens to turn into a big nuisance. Protecting their territory, birds can pounce on a stranger. It may also happen that a young crow wants to enter a flock of wild crows and remain free.
In the absence of the opportunity to take walks in the fresh air, the gray crow at home should at least sunbathe in order to receive the necessary amount of UV rays. After all, only when they are exposed in the body of poultry, vitamin D is produced, without which calcium and phosphorus will not be absorbed. The ultraviolet light does not pass through the glass, so if there is no possibility to open the windows wide, then you will have to install special lamps.
Crow gray in nature is a predator, so it will take any small animals in the house for live food and, most likely, will try to attack them.
With larger pets, the bird can even make friends. There are cases when a raven chose a dog or a cat as a friend. These birds are very contact and sociable. They need to pay attention at least two hours a day. Then they become so accustomed to the host that they begin to recognize him among other people, fly in at the first call and eventually fulfill some commands.
It is not recommended to start houses at the same time several birds. Especially if they are kept for the purpose of domestication. Contacting all day with each other, they cease to pay attention to the person, and it becomes problematic to achieve friendship and mutual understanding.
Crow gray has a very developed intelligence. They are able in all circumstances to benefit from themselves. Ornithologists have noticed that the city crows rush to collect food from the carriageway only after the red light turns on. In the forest area, these birds become more restless, seeing a man with a gun, while at the same time, ordinary mushroom pickers are not paying attention.
Keeping the crow at home and training it requires a lot of strength and patience. But over time, you can get a smart and loyal friend.
Crow: description, characteristics and photos. What does a bird look like?
The ravens are the largest representatives of the roaming unit. The length of the bird varies between 48-56 cm. The male is larger than the female, the weight of the male is 700-800 grams, the females weigh from 460-550 grams. The length of the wing of the male crow reaches 27-30 cm, in the female individual the wings grow from 25 to 27 cm. Strong wings in most species differ in a pointed form. The wingspan of the crow is about 1 m.
The appearance of the crow is similar to the rook, but has a more dense physique.
The tail of the crow is wedge-shaped, with long tail feathers. The bird's beak is powerful and sharp, conical in shape, in some species has a characteristic high bend. The crow's legs are thin and long, with four fingers: 1 facing back, 3 - forward.
Most raven species have a gray or black plumage color that casts a metallic, purple, violet or green color into the sun. The base of the pen is usually gray, in rare cases white.
The crow's voice is high, hoarse, sometimes rough and guttural, reminiscent of laughter. “Crow's tongue” is very developed, sounds of different pitch are used during marriage games, for notification to the general collection, swearing, threats, and also disturbing signals.
How many years do ravens live?
Life expectancy for crows in nature is 15-20 years. In captivity, some ravens live up to 35-40 years. The officially documented age of the oldest crow was 59 years, which is rare.
Where do ravens live?
Habitat is quite extensive: the crow bird is found in almost all countries of Europe and Asia, in North America, in North Africa and Australia.
Most crows are sedentary in urban, rural or natural landscapes. The settled-nomadic species of crows that inhabit the northern borders of the range, for the winter move in areas with a more benign climate.
What do ravens eat?
Singles by nature, crows are active hunters who sometimes team up with their relatives to catch prey or have a common feast. Being scavengers, a flock of crows is able to accompany long-haired raptors, as well as lynx and foxes for the sake of their prey or its remains. Crows are omnivores and feed on absolutely everything that, in their opinion, will be edible. In the diet of crows include any insects (beetles, flies, butterflies), worms, eggs of other species of birds and their chicks, lizards, frogs, squirrels, fish, small rodents (mice and rats).
All sorts of food waste - the usual and favorite food of the crow, so a large concentration of these birds is often observed in city dumps. The crow feeds on insect larvae swarming in manure.
In the absence of animal food, the crow eats plants and their seeds, fruits and vegetables.
Raven species names and photos
The genus includes several species of crows:
- Black Crow(lat. Corvus corone)
It has black plumage, as well as black paws, feet and beak. Therefore, the bird is often confused with a rook. However, the plumage of a black crow has a much greener ebb than that of a rook, and sometimes even a purple glow. The body length of an adult individual is 48-52 cm.
The species range covers the territory of Western and Central Europe, where the black crow lives with one of its subspecies - the eastern black crow (lat. Corvus corone orientalis), which lives in East Asia. On the territory of Russia, black crows nest in Eastern Siberia and the Far East.
- Hoodie(lat. Corvus cornix)
According to one of the classifications, the gray crow is a separate species; according to the other, it is a subspecies of the black crow. The length of the bird reaches 50 cm with a weight of 460-735 grams. The gray crow differs from the rook by its greater width of the wing and by a particularly pronounced inclination of the beak. The body is colored gray. The head, chest, wings and tail of the gray crow are black in color with a slight metallic tint.
The gray crow lives in Eastern and Central Europe, the Scandinavian countries, Asia Minor and throughout Russia, from the western part to the Kara Sea.
- Australian crow(lat. Corvus coronoides)
It is the largest of the three related species found in Australia. The length of the crow's body is 46-53 cm, and the average weight is 650 g. The black plumage of the crow casts a blue-violet or blue-green glitter. A distinctive feature of all the crows living in Australia is the white iris and pronounced neck feathers. The throat of young individuals is covered with such rare feathers that pink skin appears between them.
The Australian crow lives in Sydney and Canberra.
- Южноавстралийская ворона(lat. Corvus mellori)
Отличается полностью черным цветом оперения, длинными крыльями и тонким, сильно изогнутым клювом. Некрупный вид, длина взрослой вороны составляет 48-50 см. По мнению некоторых ученых, птица предпочитает только растительную пищу.
Обитает ворона южноавстралийская на юго-востоке Австралии, а также на островах Кинг и Кенгуру.
- Бронзовая ворона(lat. Corvus crassirostris)
Originally called the grizzled crow. Large representatives of the species have a body length of 60-64 cm. The beak of the bronze crow is rather large and exceeds the length of the head. Coloring crows completely black, with a single white spot on the back of his head. For the tail of the crow of this species is characterized by a stepped arrangement of feathers.
There is a bronze crow in the highlands and highlands of East Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, as well as Sudan and Somalia.
- White Crow(lat. Corvus cryptoleucus)
A typical representative of the genus, characterized by white bases of feathers on the neck. The body length of an adult individual is 50 cm. This species of raven is common in the southeastern United States and northern Mexico.
- Big-eyed crow(lat. Corvus macrorhynchos)
The bird has a very large beak. The size of the crow depends on the habitat: the representatives of the northern populations are larger than the southern ones, have a large beak and well-developed feathers on the neck. On average, the length of an adult crow is 46-59 cm, and its weight reaches 1.3 kg. The body is covered with dark gray feathers. The wings, tail and head of the big-billed crow are black, with a purple or green tint.
The species includes 15 subspecies living in the continental part of Asia and the Far East of Russia, and also inhabiting the islands: the Philippines, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Hokkaido, Yakushima, and many others.
- Bristle crow(lat. Corvus rhipidurus)
It grows up to 47 cm in length and is very similar to the black crow. However, the bird has a characteristic thickened beak, long wings, a shortened tail and very short feathers on the throat. The appearance of bristly crows is distinguished by a black glossy color and is characterized by a purple-blue color of feathers and paws. The feathers of the crows on the nape have a white base.
The habitat of this species of birds begins in the Middle East, passes through the northern part of the African continent, across the Arabian Peninsula, through Kenya and Sudan to the Sahara desert.
- Bangai crow(lat. Corvus unicolor)
The smallest crow of this genus, growing only up to 39 cm in length. The species is characterized by black color of feathers and a short tail.
The most neglected species of raven, is found exclusively on the island Peleng in Indonesia. The species has the status of endangered and, according to scientists, the population today contains from 30 to 200 individuals.
Very rarely, white crows are found in nature - the result of mutation-albinism.
An albino can appear in any species group and will differ from its congeners only in the white color of its plumage and extreme vulnerability.
How do ravens breed?
At the age of 2 years, most raven species are ready to breed. Crows are monogamous birds and choose a mate for the rest of their lives. The mating games of the male and female crows are distinguished by intricate air turns, chases and somersaults. The most common species of these birds breed in the beginning-middle of spring.
Left female crows, to the right a male crow
The crow makes a nest in the forest parks and squares, their laying takes place in a fork of strong tree branches, on power transmission towers, cranes, behind gutters. Species that inhabit the steppe and semi-desert landscapes arrange nests in the crevices of rocks and cliffs. Both future parents usually take part in construction, painstakingly constructing a nest of twigs and twigs. Crow's nest diameter is less than 0.5 meters and has a height of 20-30 cm. For binding used turf, clay, often pieces of wire. The bottom of the nest is lined with feathers, down, dry grass, cotton and rags.
Depending on the type of bird, the clutch contains 3-6 or 4-8 eggs of a light green or bluish color with dark spots. Female crows constantly incubate clutch for 17-20 days. The male crow during the entire time of incubation of eggs feeds his companion and takes care of her.
After 25 days, naked raven chicks are born, fed by both parents. Cubs fledge a month after birth.
A crow that has accidentally fallen out of the nest of a crow should not be taken in hand. Parents make a terrible noise, shouting calling their kinsmen, and zealously protect the cub. A flock of crows attacking a dangerous alien, whether animal or human.
In early summer, the offspring of the crow begins to fly out of the nest, and the first month remains with the parents, who continue to take care of them. In July, the young finally leaves their native nest.
Nevertheless, family ties remain, and sometimes the offspring of past years instead of creating their own family helps parents to feed and raise brothers and sisters.
Crow at home
If you want to have a crow at home, then it is advisable to choose a young individual or even a chick. The crow is not a neat animal, it will be enough dirt from it. It is advisable to make an open-air cage for her and put linoleum on the bottom or some kind of metal coating that can be filled with sawdust. Caring for a crow at home is quite difficult, the bird should be bathed, sunbathed, and allowed to fly.
Many wonder how to tame the crow. It is easy to get if you take a 2-3 month old little raven. But if the crow is older than 6 months, do not expect submission from her.
So, in order for your crow to become tame, you must, apart from taking care of her, give her at least 2-3 hours a day for walks and trainings. Raven can be trained as birds of prey, and they can also be released at will. However, for a start it is better to do it with special leather straps on the legs. When your home crow starts to act obediently, you can let her go free, and she will definitely return to you.
What to feed the crow?
House ravens eat beef, chicken, mice and rabbits. It is not necessary to feed the home crow with pork, as it is too fat. In addition to the meat diet, the crow should eat porridge, low-fat cottage cheese, carrots, apples, raw quail eggs. Tomatoes, potatoes, citrus, milk and sweets are best limited. It is strictly forbidden to give the bird salt and salted foods.
Crow in your home
Taming a gray crow is a difficult but doable task. It is not practiced as often as the domestication of canaries or parrots. However, the crow familiar to our eye as a pet looks no less original and exotic.
The advantages of such a pet: ingenuity, ability to learn quickly and train, unpretentiousness in care and gastronomic preferences. There is another side to the coin. Be prepared for the fact that your new family member croaks loudly and takes a certain place.
Therefore, before you get a crow, study in detail the instructions for its maintenance at home.
Crows are birds from the family of corvids. Their body weight is about 600-700 grams.
Externally, black crows resemble their closest feathered relatives of rooks, but they look somewhat more massive. The bird has a long, slightly curved downward beak and graceful legs.
In the gray crows, the wings and tail are covered with black plumage, and the rest of the body is gray. That is why the feathered and got its same name.
Birds are nomadic, moving in flocks at distances within the region. Ornithologists note that the intellectual abilities of crows are more outstanding than those of other representatives of the avian world.
In search of food, she shows ingenuity and caution, develops primitive strategic plans. In addition, these creatures are inherent cunning. It is noticed that city crows pick up food on the road from the road only when a red light comes on at a traffic light.
Birds live from 15 to 70 years. This wide variation is due to different living conditions. It is believed that the crows live to 300 years, but this is nothing more than a myth.
Pros and cons
Deciding on the content of such a specific pet requires weighing all the pros and cons.
First about the bad. The crows of crows in the house sometimes frighten the neighbors. In addition to cawing, they make other sounds that are not always pleasant to human hearing. They sound like nails scratching glass, creaking, dog barking and even human speech. The fact is that crows are imitators whose talent is not inferior to mockingbirds. Another nuance - the organization of a place for the aviary. If it is not - give up the idea of domestication.
And now about the pros. These are very funny, funny and quick-witted creatures. Having got used to you, the pet will not let you get bored. In addition, keeping crows at home does not require large financial expenditures. Having tamed the bird, you get a friend for life, because in favorable conditions it lives up to 70 years.
It is not easy to domesticate wild, freedom-loving birds. Females give in on these manipulations more willingly than representatives of the stronger sex. The best and most effective way to tame a chick. He will grow obedient and friendly towards the owners. But after a few years, even with good care, he will attempt to escape. In the case of an adult crow, it is almost impossible.
When taming a raven chick of two or three months, take care of him personally, so that he gets used to you and knows that you are his master. If you feed, clean the cage, play with the baby every day, he will trust you and will listen to your commands. Play with your pet for at least two hours a day. Do not start several birds at once. They will not accept you as the owner, because they will only communicate with each other.
Housing construction and cash costs
First of all, remember that a crow is a wild bird, so the process of its domestication takes time and some financial costs. They include enclosures, food, toys and vet services. If you live in a private house, the task is greatly facilitated, since your pet will have partial freedom. As for flying around the apartment and living in a cage, you very quickly see that you decided in vain to domesticate the crow.
The best option for the home crow is a spacious enclosure with a height of at least one and a half meters. Inside the raven dwelling place a small dry tree. Lay the floor on the floor, which is cleaned effortlessly. Lay out the surface with moss or sawdust. Secure the bowls with food and water. Otherwise, the bird immediately overturns them. Do not forget about rattles and other knick-knacks for leisure.
In the wild, the crow does not disdain anything and feeds on human food waste, insects, fish, eggs of other birds, their chicks. Sometimes the birds catch lizards, small rodents, frogs. There is also plant food in its diet.
Therefore, discussing what a crow eats at home, it is worth noting its unpretentiousness in food. This is the main advantage of the content of such a pet. The diet should be balanced and varied.
Here, than to feed the crow in captivity:
- cottage cheese,
- raw and boiled meat
- chicken giblets and other offal
- boiled eggs
Sometimes ravens are given dry dog food. This is acceptable if it is not more than one third of the daily rate of the entire diet. It is recommended to combine all these products and ensure that the bird always has fresh water. In addition, purchase calcium supplements at the pet store, which will provide the crow with the health and strength of bone tissue. Spicy, salty, fatty foods are taboo for poultry.
Principles of proper nutrition
Properly organized feeding contributes to a long and full life of the pet. But it is not only about the physical health of the crow, but about its intellectual usefulness.
It is very important to create conditions under which the crow will feel that he is getting food on his own. So, the feathered uses its intelligence and remains active for many years.
Therefore, bring the bird as food minimally processed food. Let the bird itself gut the carcass, chop nuts, chop fruits and vegetables. Make toys for your pet that have food hidden inside it or wrap it in paper. Crows love this kind of puzzle. Dealing with charade, she will have to be smart and work hard to get a treat.
Principles of home raven care
Your favorite is very mobile, so regular flights are vital for her. However, it is not recommended to let the crow out of the cage. Sensing freedom, she immediately flies away. Flying in an apartment is also not the best option. Get ready for the pogrom, which the bird will arrange in a few minutes.
Crow house requires regular swimming. Put a bowl of water in the aviary, and the pet will determine when to dip. Sun baths and fresh air are also necessary. The main thing is to ensure that your pupil does not overheat, as its dark feathers attract direct rays.
Breeding and breeding
At the age of two years, the crows are fully prepared to mate. Differences males from females is in their size. Representatives of the weaker sex a little less.
These birds are monogamous by nature, therefore they create families for themselves for life. The mating season in birds begins in mid-spring. Crows build their nests in the branches of urban trees, in public gardens, courtyards, parks, and forest belts. Both partners are involved in construction. The material they serve as branches, rods of clay, feathers, down and animal fur.
One clutch contains from three to eight eggs of blue-green color, which hatch over 20 days. At this time, the father of the family is engaged in food extraction. After the appearance of offspring, both parents feed on the chicks. A month later, the offspring is ready for independent living. To touch the chicks crows categorically not recommended. Adult individuals make a terrible noise and show aggression.
The breeding of domestic ravens is not an easy process, as birds in captivity often experience stress in the presence of a person and conditions of limited freedom.
The home raven is distinguished from the gray domestic raven by the color of the feathers. His body is completely covered with black plumage, while his gray congener has only wings and tail painted black. In the article “Ordinary crow and crow: different but similar,” you can find other differences between these birds. The rest of the content, feeding and domestication of the crow follows the same pattern as in the case of the crow.
Raven meat is edible, but it is not recommended to eat it. The reason for this - the lifestyle of these birds. No wonder these scavengers are called "rats" of the avian world.
Raven at home to indulge. This is a very active bird that will get bored without attention and entertainment. Therefore, the presence of brilliant entertaining toys in the aviary required.
Crows in flocks invent a lot of fun. They gladly tease dogs, play catch-up and produce petty robbery. In winter, they ride on the ice and swing on the branches, like on a swing.
You did not know this about the ravens
In the wild, crows are "friends" with wolves. Forest predators share their prey with birds. It is noticed that they leave to birds about 40% of the meat of the killed victim. One individual, after a successful wolf hunt, eats up to 1.8 kg of carcass.
Crows are talking. The sounds they utter when communicating carry a very specific meaning. In packs, there is not only language, but also dialects. Ornithologists emit sound combinations denoting individual objects. For example, the word "meat".
It is noteworthy that these feathered inherent human emotions such as tenderness, happiness, surprise and anger.
The crows have a special entertainment, which is called "the enting." It consists in crushing ants, followed by rubbing the resulting mass into the skin. Scientists explain this by the presence of instinct, with which the birds have nothing to do.
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