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    • Eddie C on October 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Did you know that crows are amongst the smartest animals on the planet?

    They use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, and recognize 250 distinct calls. One particular talent they have been discovered to possess is the ability to recognize individual human faces and pick them out of a crowd up to two years later – a trick that might make even Hitchcock shiver with fright.

    They thrive wherever people live and have used their great intelligence to adapt again and again to a constantly changing world. Some memorize garbage truck routes, and follow the feast from day to day. Others drop nuts in the road and wait for passing cars to crack them open. And some build their nests from items we throw away – like wire clothes hangers.

    These are social birds that mate for life and raise their young for up to five years. And they learn from each other’s misfortunes. When one is killed in a farmer’s field, it’s not uncommon for them to change entire migratory patterns so that no crows fly over that field for as long as two years.

    These birds might have a scary reputation, but what may prove to be the scariest thing about them is how much they know about us, and how little we know about them!

    Tune in to Nature tonight for a story that is for the birds.  

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