Crows are among the members of the bird kingdom that can effectively nullify the mistaken belief that being a “bird brain” is such a bad thing. Truth be told, crows are an epitome of intelligence that even rivals that of primates.
One of the interesting things about crows is that they have adapted remarkably well to living alongside humans. They pay close attention to how the human world works and adopt new skills to deal with the “unnatural” human environment.
Crows pass avian IQ tests with “flying” colors and are masters of not only tool use but also tool construction. They have learned that it is best to hide and stock food across seasons and to use their experience to their advantage. Several studies have demonstrated – amazingly – that crows can distinguish individual humans through our facial features!
Here is a charming and entertaining YouTube video by MASSEUR1956 of a German shepherd, a crow, and the dog’s owner having a friendly game of Ping-Pong ball. The results are delightful. Who would have guessed a bird could do well in a ball game against a dog of far greater size? But as they say, big things can come in small packages – in this case black plumage too! Check out how this black bird charges at the dog to try to take back the ball.
Just to provide a brief background, the crow was found orphaned in the woods when it was still young and was raised until it was able to fly and take care of itself. Raising a baby crow – well, baby birds in general – entails a lot of work and commitment. You can just imagine the number of times a day you need to feed a baby crow and push down the food to its throat for the entire period of its dependence.