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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