Maligned and misunderstood for centuries, the humble black crow is in fact a fascinating creature. Crows are often misjudged but they are far smarter than we could ever imagine. Our latest infographic offers an in-depth look at these incredible creatures so we can better understand these brilliant birds.
First appearing around 17 million years ago, crows are now one of the most common bird species with thriving populations on every continent except Antarctica. Commonly stereotyped as a bird-brained nuisance, crows in fact help to prevent damage to crops by eating pests with recent studies showing that 60% to 90% of insect pests are eaten by rooks.
Crows are also among the most intelligent animals in the natural kingdom. They have the highest brain-to-body ratio of all bird species and it is thought that their intelligence rivals that of dolphins and apes. Scientific studies have revealed many surprising behaviours among crows. For example, they have the ability to remember faces, they can conspire with one another, they are skilled at problem-solving and they have very powerful memories.
As the below infographic highlights, crows and people share several similar traits and social strategies. The author, John M. Marzluff, put it nicely when he wrote “To a surprising extent, to know the crow is to know ourselves.”
To learn more about the secret life of crows, read the infographic below.