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As we approach the holiday season, we see a lot of qualities in us that are similar to our more feathered friends. For some fun similarities between human behaviors and bird behavior (more specifically crows), check out the list below!

1. We help each other:

In most populations of crows, the young help their parents raise their siblings for a few years. Families may include up to 15 individuals and contain young from five different years. Think about all those family gatherings where kids end up baby-sitting.

2. To Grandmother’s house we go:

A crow may spend part of the day at home with its family in the city and the rest out in the country. These birds return during the winter to congregate in large numbers and sleep in communal roosts. Some of these roosts have been known to have up to two million crows in them and some have been returning to the same general area for at least 100 years.

3. Feasting: Eat all the things. . .

Crows find creative ways to get more food and their diet consists of a huge range of things available to them. They have been known to eat: road-kill, insects, frogs, snakes, mice, corn, human fast food, garbage and even eggs from other birds.

4. Sneaking food:

Crows will  sometimes steal food from other animals. A group of crows have been known to distract other animals to steal its food; not all that different than how things work at a large family gathering. . .  Always have to watch the dessert table!

5. We make things. . . DIY (Do It Yourself):

Crows are very crafty and sometimes can make and use tools. The motive behind this usually involves food (examples include a captive crow using a cup to carry water over to a bowl of dry mash; shaping a piece of wood and then sticking it into a hole in a fence post in search of food; and breaking off pieces of pine cone to drop on tree climbers near a nest).

6. We use Nutcrackers:

Crows have been known to drop nuts and other tough to eat foods onto the sidewalk, and in oncoming traffic. They use nutcrackers, not exactly like the wooden ones we have, but they’ve figured out an alternative.

7. Family feuds:

Crows fight for a number of reasons, but conflicts within a family are usually short and involve only a few pecks. Fights between members of different families, however, can be protracted and deadly.

8. Defending your territory (the thing we do when sales happen):

American Crows work together to harass or drive off predators, also known as mobbing. These birds will defend their territory even more seriously than people do on Black Friday.

9. Always stick together:

Crows appear to stay with the same mate year after year, they “mate for life” with a few exceptions and they continue to return to “family” roosts.

For more details on crows check out these websites:

Frequently Asked Questions about Crows

Crow Behavior

All About the Crow

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