Brain Birds: Amazing Crows and Ravens

No matter where you live, they’re your neighbors. You might want to watch them — carefully.



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Ravens and crows have the largest brains, relative to body size, of any birds — the raven (shown here) has the same brain/body size ratio as the chimpanzee.
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Common raven
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American crow 
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A “murder” in the light of a full moon: Though it’s not a commonly used term today, a group of crows is called a murder; the name came from their medieval reputation as harbingers of death.
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This raven pickpocket used its beak to open the snowmobile’s storage compartment and steal a ski cap. 
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Crows and ravens can be both sneaky and bold. Here, a crow takes an attitude with a bald eagle.
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"One of the most difficult of all things to endure for a crow, a raven, a wolf or a human is to feel alone and separated from one’s own kind. A sense of belonging is one of the most universal of all feelings." — Lawrence Kilham 
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