American Crows: The Avian Einsteins of the Bird World

Today’s image features an American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) flying over a field at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. While I don’t have many pictures of these fascinating birds, I jump at every opportunity to photograph them. Capturing one in flight was a lucky bonus!

American Crow In Flight
American Crow In Flight

These birds are far more than just noisy creatures. Their “caw” serves as a complex language, a code conveying warnings, gossip, and even strategies. Imagine a “murder” of crows (yes, that’s the collective noun!) discussing the juiciest food source or strategizing against a pesky coyote. They also possess remarkable memories, holding grudges against humans who have wronged them.

Family is central to their world. Parents collaborate to weave a nest of twigs, while older siblings take turns feeding the hungry chicks (different siblings may take turns on different days, or even feed individual chicks at the same time). During winter, they gather in large groups, their calls echoing through the fields.

Crows aren’t confined to the wilderness. They’ve adapted to urban environments with ease, thriving in towns and cities. These clever creatures navigate through busy streets, cleverly barter with people for food (trading shiny objects for snacks is a popular tactic!), and their cunning shines in their bright eyes.

A single photo of a crow reveals much more than just feathers and flight. It offers a glimpse into the remarkable world of these avian Einsteins. Known as tricksters, they remind us that even in the vastness of open spaces, stories wait to be told.

So, the next time you hear a crow’s caw, listen closely. You might just learn a thing or two about intelligence, resilience, and the power of community. Want to delve deeper? Check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website for more fascinating crow facts!

Do you have any crow stories or photos to share? Leave them in the comments below!

Image Information:

  • Date: 01/31/24
  • Time: 8:37 AM
  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
  • ISO: 800
  • Aperture: 9
  • Shutter: 1/2000
  • Exp. Comp.: 0
  • Lens (mm): 500
  • Program Mode: Manual

2 thoughts on “American Crows: The Avian Einsteins of the Bird World”

  1. Steve, Ever morning I feel like I go to Orthomolecular school. Thank you. Crows are extremely fascinating.
    I hope someday I get to see a Raven close up again. That changed my life.

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