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    Forum Freshman Draculogenes's Avatar
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    I've always liked crows, and lately i've been doing some reading on them. They are estimated to be the smartest bird on the planet.(give or take experimental error ) They are well known to use tools and rumoured have societal ranking and "occupation" in larger murders.

    i was thinking i would tame a crow... steal and egg from a nest, incubate and raise the little darling. Of course this probably won't happen for many years, until i'm settled down or retired. So do you think it's possible to domesticate a crow, maybe teach it tricks? approach me when called? dance the waltz on a cool summer day?

    The thing is, you can train cat's and dogs... their minds are complex enough to understand commands. They don't use tools though. very few animals have this ability, and it seems they are the smartest. A crow therefore should have greater potential to learn and grow... or am i jumping the gun?


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    Wild animals can be domesticated, but I'd advise against stealing a crow egg. Try buying a pet crow instead.

    And if it's like a wolf, be very careful. Wolves can be domesticated for the master, but anybody else and it tends to be very hostile.


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    Cooking Something Good MacGyver1968's Avatar
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    I wonder why a group of crows is called a "murder"...instead of a flock or something else. Anyone know?
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    have you ever seen the footage of crows lifting plastic bag/liners out of rubbish bins? They have the intelligence to raise the bag in stages where no-other bird seems to manage. Very impressive

    heres a crow forming its own tool

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03ykewnc0oE

    using cars to crack nuts

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AYLNuvzGaA


    i cant find the video with the bins, but its from the same david attenborough programme as the cars one
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    Hah, I saw the video about them cracking nuts before. I forgot to mention it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968
    I wonder why a group of crows is called a "murder"...instead of a flock or something else. Anyone know?
    It's got something to do with their sometimes bloody behaviour and awful noise.
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    They seem happy to take smaller birds as food, as well, when they move in, most of the other birds move out pretty damn quick.
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    They seem happy to take smaller birds as food, as well, when they move in, most of the other birds move out pretty damn quick.
    Really? i thought smaller birds beat on crows, cause they are so much faster than them? Seagull sized birds can't manage, but those really tiny, fast, flock birds were different... or so i've heard.

    As for the murder? well i'ts probably due to crows being so cool... i mean nothing is cooler than a crow...
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