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Welcome to The Crow Society
     

The Crow Society is a group of people that either Love Crows (the birds), that are named Crow, like a person/s  named CROW or part of the Crow Tribal Nation.  We offer a life time membership in to The Crow Society if you meet any of the above criteria. We offer two memberships levels. For more information please click on the "Membership" links.


NEW Check it out! 
US Fish and Wildlife seized injured Crows.  You can kill then all day long but you can't help or keep them!
 


"As the Crow Flies" uses rhyme and beautiful illustrations to tell the story of these very smart birds and what happens when thousands of them get together (hint: cawcophany!). Here's our jazzy book trailer:


The Crow Society now has a group on Facebook at : http://facebook.com/CrowSociety
Also The Crow University now has a group on Facebook as well at: http://facebook.com/CrowU


About Crows
Crow (the people) are a proud people.  They were some of the most feared warriors in the new world. For more information please click on the "People" links.

Crow (the birds) are the 8th smartest animals in the world. They are 2nd only to the Parrot in the bird family .

World's Best Top Ten Smartest Animals (From the travel channel)
1: Great Apes
2: Dolphins
3: Monkeys
4: Elephants
5: Parrots
6: Pigs
7: Dogs
8: Crows
9: Octopus & Squid
10: American Grey Squirrel

Crows and Ravens, solve problems and are highly social creatures. Crows show tool-making and tool-using behavior.  Crows and Ravens can talk with each other, count to 9 (compared with 4 for chimps), and steal. They play—sliding down long snow banks, for example. The birds covered about 10ft each time and returned on a second day for more fun and games. Crows are the most social and intelligent species of all birds. Crows mate for life and the young stay with the family unit for up to five years and help the parents raise siblings.
 


Stop the Killing of Crows!
We now have a full page dealing with The Killing of Crows!


The Crow DNA Project
There are a group of Crows that are researching their Crow roots. They wanted to go beyond a paper trail so they have kicked it up a notch and went High Tech. They have started the Crow DNA Project. If your last name is Crow and you want to know from where you come from. They now have a lard Crow DNA data base and are working to gain more. If you want to know more then go to http://CrowDNA.org .

 


Science Can Neither Explain Nor Deny
the Awesomeness of This Sledding Crow

Crows are not only self aware, use tools but that also, use things to play!

Click HERE for the whole story!

 


Ravens  vs. Crows
Corvus brachyrhynchos
- commonly known as the American crow

Crows average around 17 inches long, and ravens about 24-27.
A raven weighs about four times that of a crow.
Crows have a wing span around 21/2 feet and while ravens are about 31/2 - 4 feet.
A raven's wing sometimes makes a prominent "swish, swish" sound, while a crow's wingbeat is usually silient.
Ravens have pointed wings, while crows have a more blunt and splayed wing tip.
Crows have a fan-shaped tail (squared-off), while raven tails are long and wege-shaped.
Besides having a bigger, more powerful bill, a raven's bill is curved, while a crow has a more-or-less flat pointed bill. Additionally, atop a raven's bill is a tuft of hairs absent on crows.
A crow's call is a "caw" and a raven's is a low and slow croak.
Crows exhibit at least two dozen different calls, while ravens can express themselves with more than 100 different vocalizations, depending on the expert cited, and are known to mimic other sounds.
Ravens are acrobatic flyers and have been seen rolling, looping, and even flying upside down.
Raven's nest are generally between 2' and 4' in diameter.

Ravens and crows are often seen in flight, and you can learn to separate then as well. Ravens have longer, thinner wings than crows and a wedge-shaped tail. The central tail feathers are longer than the outer tail feathers in ravens; all tail feathers are about the same length in crows. Another clue is that ravens love to soar - flying high without flapping their wings - but crows do not.

Ravens and crows can often be found living side by side in the same areas, but where there's a choice, Ravens prefer wilder areas while crows will live quite close to cities. The bigger the city, the less likely ravens will make it their home -- and when they do, they tend to live in or near parks and natural spaces. Crows, on the other hand, are more likely to live near buildings, and will venture farther into human developments to compete for food.

American Crows congregate in large numbers in winter to sleep in communal roosts. These roosts can be of a few hundred, several thousand, or even up to two million crows. Some roosts have been forming in the same general area for well over 100 years. In the last few decades some of these roosts have moved into urban areas where the noise and mess cause conflicts with people.

Young American Crows do not breed until they are at least two years old, and most do not breed until they are four or more. In most, but not all, populations the young stay with their parents and help them raise young in subsequent years. Families may include up to 15 individuals and contain young from five different years.

The American Crow appears to be the biggest victim of West Nile virus, a disease recently introduced to North America. Crows die within one week of infection, and few seem able to survive exposure. No other North American bird is dying at the same rate from the disease, and the loss of crows in some areas has been severe.

In some areas, the American Crow has a double life. It maintains a territory year-round in which all members of its extended family live and forage together. But during much of the year, individual crows leave the home territory periodically. They join large flocks foraging at dumps and agricultural fields, and sleep in large roosts in winter. Family members go together to the flocks, but do not stay together in the crowd. A crow may spend part of the day at home with its family in town and the rest with a flock feeding on waste grain out in the country.

Despite being a common exploiter of road kill, the American Crow is not specialized to be a scavenger, and carrion is only a very small part of its diet. Its stout bill is not strong enough to break through the skin of even a gray squirrel. It must wait for something else to open a carcass or for the carcass to decompose and become tender enough to eat.


American Crow Sounds
Corvus brachyrynchos

One Crow 36kB   Two Crows 70kB

Enrico Crow-so 57kB
Long Island, June 1996.

Rattling sound 28kB
Long Island, May 1997.

Another crow 70kB
Long Island, September 2000.
 Thanks to Tony Phillips from the SUNY Stony Brook Math Dept for use of the sounds and photo.  Link


American Crow the Birds
Crows are among the most intelligent of birds. Experiments indicate that American crows can count to three or four, are good at solving puzzles, have good memories, employ a diverse and behaviorally complex range of vocalizations, and quickly learn to associate various noises and symbols with food. One report describes an American crow that dropped nuts onto a residential street, then waited for passing automobiles to crack them. Crows are keen and wary birds. Consider the number of crows that scavenge along highways; how many have you seen hit by autos? Crows can mimic sounds made by other birds and animals and have been taught to mimic the human voice.
 
Crows often post a sentinel while feeding. Although studies indicate that the sentinel may be part of a family group, unrelated crows and other birds in the area likely benefit from the sentinel’s presence.

Crows begin nesting in early spring (February to May, with southern nests starting earlier than northern ones) and build a nest of twigs, sticks, and coarse stems. Crow pairs appear to remain together throughout the year, at least in non-migratory populations, and pairs or pair bonds are likely maintained even within large winter migratory flocks. The nest, which is lined with shredded bark, feathers, grass, cloth, and string, is usually built 18 to 60 feet (5 to 18 m) above ground in oaks, pines, cottonwoods, or other trees. Where there are few trees, crows may nest on the ground or on the crossbars of telephone poles. The average clutch is 4 to 6 eggs that hatch in about 18 days. Young fledge in about 30 days. Usually there is 1 brood per year, but in some southern areas there may be 2 broods. Both sexes help build the nest and feed the young, and occasionally offspring that are 1 or more years old (nest associates) help with nesting activities. The female incubates the eggs and is fed during incubation by the male and nest associates. The young leave the nest at about 5 weeks of age and forage with their parents throughout the summer. Later in the year, the family may join other groups that in turn may join still larger groups. The larger groups often migrate in late fall or winter.

Few crows in the wild live more than 4 to 6 years, but some have lived to 14 years in the wild and over 20 years in captivity. Recently, a bird bander reported a crow that had lived an incredible 29 years in the wild. Adult crows have few predators, although larger hawks and owls and occasionally canids take some. Brood losses result from a variety of factors including predation by raccoons (Procyon lotor), great-horned owls (Bubo virginianus), and other predators; starvation; and adverse weather.

One important and spectacular aspect of crow behavior is their congregation into huge flocks in fall and winter. Large flocks are the result of many small flocks gradually assembling as the season progresses, with the largest concentration occurring in late winter. Crows appear to be roosting more commonly in towns near people, resulting in mixed opinions on how to deal with them. These flocks roost together at night and disperse over large areas to feed during the day. Crows may commonly fly 6 to 12 miles (10 to 20 km) outward from a roost each day to feed.

Recent radio-telemetry studies indicate that roosting crows may have two distinct daily movement patterns. Some fly each day to a stable territory, called a diurnal activity center, which is maintained by four or five birds throughout the winter and apparently then used as a nesting site in spring. Although these stable groups of crows may stop at superabundant food sources such as landfills, individuals within the groups typically fly different routes and make different stops. Other crows appear to be unattached and without specific daily activity centers or stable groups. Although they use the same roosts as the activity-cen-ter crows, these unattached birds, possibly migrants, are not faithful to any specific location or territory and more regularly feed at sites such as landfills.

Ongoing changes in land-use patterns may result in associated impacts on crow populations and behavior. Historically, crow populations have benefited from agricultural development because of grains available as a food supply and because trees became established in prairie areas where agriculture and settlement suppressed natural fires. The combination of food and tree availability favored crows, and in some areas with abundant food and available roost sites, large winter roosting concentrations became established. As the current trend toward sustainable agricultural systems continues, which may include a variety of crops and rotations with nongrain crops, food availability and associated patterns of crow roosts may change.

The growing number of crows that nest and roost in urban areas also raises questions. Are urban habitats now selected because of adaptive changes in crow behavior, or are changes in rural settings making urban sites comparably more suitable? One study described two neighboring but distinct crow nesting populations — one that was urban and somewhat habituated to people and another that was rural and relatively wary of people. Will crows that are hatched in urban areas be habituated to people to such an extent that they will be more difficult than their rural counterparts to disperse from problem sites? Understanding such factors may lead to better options for managing crows in ways compatible with the needs of people.
 


Crow Movies
Clever Crows
The Crow Paradox
The Crow and Kitten
Friendly Crow
Hakodate Crow
New caledonian Crow
Corvus macrorhynchos
feeding crow 1
feeding crow 2
Crow fights a Rabbit
Crow the rascal
Baby crow
Soaring Crow, Raven, Hawk
Holy Crow
 


Crow the Word

Chinese

Chinese
pronunciation: wu ya

Japanese-karasu


Crow The Language!
Click Here Learn the Crow Language!


Crow The Car Tag!
 


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You can order the Official Crow Society Car Tag
from BuildASign.com.

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Crow's and Soccer
 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmurawski/251171232/

http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2006-06-14-crows_x.htm

LEFT: This crow is also the symbol of the Japan soccer federation. Crows are generally considered a bad omen in Japan, but they can also represent the drive to win.

RIGHT: A carrion crow wearing a Japan national soccer jersey dribbles a miniature ball toward a goal at a Japanese zoo. "We tried to coach owls and falcons as well, but the crows were the best," said zookeeper Satoru Tanaka.

 


The Phrase "Eat Crow"
From: http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/?date=19971209

To eat crow means 'to suffer humiliation', and specifically 'to be forced to admit to having made an error, as by retracting an emphatic statement'. An example from the mystery writer "Ellery Queen" in 1930: "I should merely be making an ass of myself if I accused someone and then had to eat crow."

Crows are notoriously disagreeable birds, in every respect. Scavengers, they are not suitable for eating. An old joke among outdoorsmen holds that if you get lost in the woods without any food and manage to catch a crow, you should put it in a pot with one of your boots, boil it for a week, and then eat the boot. Eating crow, therefore, is an especially unpleasant and humiliating thing to have to do.

The expression to eat crow is surprisingly recent. It is originally and still chiefly an Americanism, first found in the mid nineteenth century. The original form was to eat boiled crow.   


Crow Links

NEW Crow Society Store
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Crow University - http://CrowU.org or http://CrowUniversity.org


Crow University is where you can pick up a degree and some Crow University Apparel!  GO CROW U!
Crow University Facebook http://facebook.com/CrowU
Crow Society Facebook http://facebook.com/CrowSociety


The Crow's Caws - American Crow & Raven Items (this from Crow15)
Black Crow Studio and some shirts (this from Crow13
The Crow's Nest.  In Andalusia Alabama.  Good BBQ and Good people!
Here is a good Crow Page  http://www.shades-of-night.com/aviary/
Here is a Crow web based game  http://www.theskeletonshop.com/
Crowtography Greeting Cards http://www.sundancergraphics.com/Crowtography/Cards.html

 


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