Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:12:21 AM
@ Richanddead: Thanks, and agreed.
Quick story: Shortly after reading Marzluff and Angell, I started feeding a family of four crows during my lunch hour at work. I got to know them and their behaviors really well. One evening on my way home, I stopped off at a local grocery store 5 minutes from my job. As I was walking in the store's parking lot, I heard a "caw caw caw" attention call, turned around, and there was my flock, following me as I walked to the store by hopping from lamppost to lamppost. This store was apparently part of their home turf (crows like supermarket dumpsters) and they`d recognized me when I got out of my car. There were probably 40 people in the parking lot at that moment, and they`d recognized me right off the bat. Astounding.
From the way the crow in this video is swiveling his head after each rooster call, I`m convinced he`s either doing this to mess with the humans out of a sense of mischief or he`s showing off his new trick.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 7:21:46 AM
@Squrlz4Sale: You're right on all counts. Crows also have the ability to imitate other birds, sort of like a parrot. They can even say human words if you train them or they hear it enough. Other birds have this talent as well, like starlings.
I guess thats why they make good detectives.
Crows are also very social and have even been known to call other crows to feeding locations and post lookouts to protect the feeding flock.