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The Crow

I've never been a big fan of crows. Maybe it's because they are black, large, and I've seen them attack other birds. I watched them attack Robins, empty their nests and eat their eggs once and ever since have felt an aversion to them. But, they are an interesting study and extremely intelligent. Studies done on crows have shown they have the ability to remember human faces, and pass that information down to other generations of crows.

Crows also have a form of language amongst themselves and are able to communicate great distances. Their memory and capacity for remembering details is also above normal compared to other birds. Crows are known in many cultures as being a negative omen, to see them was to bring bad news or death. To the Ancient Celts, the crow symbolized evil, and to the Greeks, he was considered a gossiper.


Every culture has different beliefs when it comes to omens. The crow, while considered a bad omen in most of Europe, is considered a positive one in many others. In Scandinavian legends the crow is the principle character in the story of creation. In other areas he is considered the creator of the sun, wind, or earth. In Africa the crow is known as a protector and guide. Many other cultures also link the crow to being a messenger of God. Depending on where you live you will see the crow as a positive or negative omen. I grew up hearing the negative omens so I'm sure that has a lot to do with the way I look at this bird.

Whether we believe Crows are a positive or negative omen, they are still an interesting bird to watch. Scientists have observed healthy crows aid, care and help injured crows, but have also seen them murder each other for no reason. They are smart enough to count to 6, and have been known to use tools if they have to. They still aren't my favorite bird, but they do have some interesting qualities.

Do you see crows as a positive or negative omen?

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aolo wrote on September 6, 2014, 1:50 AM

Wow those are great new finding about the crow that I had no idea about; I have always seen the crow as a sign of darkness/evil...

Shadi wrote on September 6, 2014, 2:14 AM

I don't believe in that spiritual nonsense about crows. It is just a bird. Many horror movies I've seen involved this poor bird.

bestwriter wrote on September 6, 2014, 2:55 AM

I am overjoyed that I have found someone who has interest in crows. Here is a video clip on one of the crows that visits us regularly. They are decreasing in number and I am quite worried about it:

Scorpie wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:59 AM

Dark wings, dark words. From some book, I think Game of Thrones. I'm in the car business so I don't take kindly to shjtting machines.

Ellis wrote on September 6, 2014, 9:57 AM

Crows are very intelligent ...we used to be visited by a crow that would take peanuts out of your hand...

paigea wrote on September 6, 2014, 4:46 PM

I don't want them in my yard bothering all the other birds. But if they are out in the wild, they are interesting. Magpies are very smart also; I remember one teasing the cat to get the cat away from his dish so he could steal the cat food. That was fun to watch.

LynnWrites wrote on September 6, 2014, 5:03 PM

Now that was interesting, bestwriter . Was the bird bath in your yard? I didn't realize they were decreasing in numbers, that is so sad. Seems to be the way of a lot of our wildlife lately/

Feisty56 wrote on September 6, 2014, 6:03 PM

I don't think you need to be too worried about the crow population. Around here they are plentiful and nearly as large as chickens!

Feisty56 wrote on September 6, 2014, 6:09 PM

I would say I have more negative connotations about crows than I do positive ones. I live in farm country, where crows are not the friends of the farmers.

BarbRad wrote on September 6, 2014, 7:18 PM

I've also had some slight negative feelings for crows because my neighbors where we lived before had reported being attacked by crows when they walked on the sidewalk in the neighborhood.

LynnWrites wrote on September 6, 2014, 9:53 PM

I hear you, Feisty56 . My Dad farms and crows aren't one of his favorite birds for sure.

LynnWrites wrote on September 6, 2014, 9:56 PM

A friend of mine got attacked by crows once, behind their barn. She has only negative feelings towards them. I have to admit BarbRad if they attacked me that would certainly freak me out.

bestwriter wrote on September 6, 2014, 11:34 PM

That is the birdbath in our garden specially installed for the countless birds that visit here and that includes crows :)

oldies909 wrote on September 7, 2014, 11:09 PM

I don't like crows either. Interesting article.