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  Crows and Ravens
The bases of the feathers of the crows are white, while those of the ravens are grey, although this characteristic is perhaps only of benefit if birds are held in the hand or if discarded feathers are found.
Crows and ravens are found throughout Australia, in all habitat types, with the exception of the more arid areas of Western Australia.
One concern with the possible establishment of the House Crow in Australia, is its record as a pest of crops.
www.amonline.net.au /factsheets/crows_ravens.htm   (1083 words)

  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Counting Crows   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Counting Crows were formed by singer Adam Duritz (formerly of The Himalayans) and guitarist David Bryson in San Francisco in 1991.
Counting Crows, with their intimate and melancholy approach, quickly achieved a large fan base among Generation X alternative rock fans who were looking for something different from the raging guitars of the Seattle music scene.
Counting Crows' lyrics (composed primarily by Adam Duritz) frequently deal with aspects of ordinary life, and even in their most upbeat songs somber undertones are often present.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Counting-Crows   (3838 words)

 WDFW -- Living with Wildlife
Crows and ravens belong in the Corvid family (which includes jays and magpies) and are considered to be among the most adaptable and intelligent birds.
Crows occupying the center of the roost are less exposed to predators and weather than those on the edges or those roosting alone.
Crows are believed to return to the same roost each night, and their behavior is often predictable.
wdfw.wa.gov /wlm/living/crows.htm   (3272 words)

 Roost Locations of the American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos.
During the day, the crow population may be spread out over a very wide area, but perhaps an hour or more before dusk, birds will begin to fly towards the roost, collecting together into ever larger flocks as they get nearer.
The original motion was to move the crows to a rural area but the rural representatives objected, they did not want the crows in their part of the county (where do they think they come from?) so this part of the motion was removed.
As there presently is a crow shoot being conducted in the county surrounding Chatham by the Mayors brother Richard Erickson these birds face certain annihilation either in town or in the fields.
www.crows.net /roosts.html   (2206 words)

 Controlling bird damage by American Crows (Corvus ossifragus) by Ron Johnson
Crow pairs appear to remain together throughout the year, at least in nonmigratory populations, and pairs or pair bonds are likely maintained even within large winter migratory flocks.
In a recent study in California, crows were successfully dispersed from urban crow roosts using tape-recorded “squalling” calls (given by a crow struggling to escape from a predator) and a portable tape player commonly used by hunters to attract animals.
To prevent hooded crow escape, the ladder gap width of the American model was reduced from 18 to 12 inches (45 to 30 cm), and 1.5 x 0.8-inch (4 x 2-cm) square rungs were used instead of 3-inch (8-cm) diameter metal rods.
icwdm.org /handbook/birds/AmericanCrows.asp   (5059 words)

 For the Love of Crows
Crows are believed to be the most intelligent of all birds.
Close study of crows in their daily life, especially during nesting season may provide a clue as to sex, however, this is not something that many people will be able to observe.
Crows are found in both the city and in the country.
www.zeebyrd.com /corvi29   (1085 words)

 Corvids of the Genus Corvus
Crows are omnivorous, killing sick or dead animals and ridding the country of many carcasses.
Mexican crows are smaller than their N American cousins and more colourful with a seasonal shift in sheen from purplish in November to March, to greenish from April to June.
Ravens are distinguished from crows not only by their larger size but also by their throat hackles, the projecting feathers under the chin and in the throat.
www.earthlife.net /birds/crows.html   (2885 words)

 Connecticut Audubon Society
Thus passed my first meaningful contact with the American crow, and the great horned owl for that matter, but it was the crows that held me frozen spellbound at the time, and I have been fascinated with them ever since.
Crows, on the other hand, were in their glory, and quickly made the most out of these huge smorgasbords.
Crows begin their daily communications with each other from the first hint of dawn until dark, a habit that together with their propensity to favor suburban settings has earned them no human friends in suburbia.
www.ctaudubon.org /conserv/nature/crow.htm   (1322 words)

 For the Love of Crows
Crows have a "pouch" behind their tongue in which they will often carry food.
Crows can bond to their crow family, or in the case of being in captivity, to their human family.
Crows have a very good memory and will go back to their food caches as the need arises.
www.zeebyrd.com /corvi29/glossary.html   (417 words)

Crows in the southern parts of their range appear to be resident and not migrate.
Crows sometimes show an apparent wedge shape to the tail, but almost never when it is fanned as the bird soars or banks (except for a brief time during molt in the summer).
Crow society is filled with excess crows that are waiting for an opportunity to breed (the helpers staying home and helping the parents raise young).
www.birds.cornell.edu /crows/crowfaq.htm   (8531 words)

 Pennsylvania Game Commission - State Wildlife Management Agency: Ravens and Crows
Crows are some of the most conspicuous and best known of all birds.
As prey, young crows and unhatched crow eggs are eaten by raccoons, opossums and tree-climbing snakes.
Both ravens and crows have a large vocabulary and it is difficult to describe their vocalizations in a few words.
www.pgc.state.pa.us /pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=458&q=150475   (2137 words)

 Crows.net Project
While there are few ornithologists actively studying the American crow and the existing scientific literature is not extensive, there are thousands of "crow fanciers" who are continually observing the language and behavior of various populations of these birds in a wide variety of habitats throughout their entire range.
This being the case, it is postulated that by organizing the existing knowledge about crows from all sources, and coordinating the efforts of "crow fanciers" and professional scientists, that sufficient information can be obtained to gain some understanding of, and initiate real - if limited - communication with a non-human, intelligent species, the American crow.
For example, humans consider their ability to use tools to be a characteristic that "sets them above" other animals and, when a species of crows was recently found to use simple tools, this was considered to be a significant demonstration of the high intelligence of crows.
www.crows.net /project.html   (437 words)

 Crows are the Einsteins of the avian world - Telegraph
Crows that have already been hailed as the Einsteins of the avian world have even more impressive bird brains than thought, displaying a type of intelligence crucial to human evolution.
The ability of crows from the Pacific island terrritory of New Caledonia to make tools from leaves which they use to winkle out insects is well known.
To explore the birds' brainpower, the scientists set up an experiment in which the crows were presented with a meat treat placed out of reach in a hole.
www.telegraph.co.uk /earth/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/earth/2007/08/17/scicrow117.xml   (751 words)

 The Corvids (Crows, Magpies, Ravens etc.)
Though the traditional crows and ravens are fl sombre birds many of the family are brightly coloured, e.g.
Crows, rooks, Ravens and Jackdaws are the most successful members of the group except in Central and Southern America where only Jays have reached.
Crows, Rooks and Jackdaws were killed by law in the UK from 1457 and during the reign of Elizabeth I a bounty was paid on their heads.
www.earthlife.net /birds/corvidae.html   (2568 words)

 Japan Fights Crowds of Crows - New York Times
This is the Crow Patrol of utility company Kyushu Electric Power, on the hunt for crows whose nests on electric poles have caused a string of flouts in this city of a half-million on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu.
Communities are scrambling to find ways to relocate or reduce their crow populations, as ever larger flocks of loud, ominous birds have taken over parks and nature reserves, frightening away residents.
Tokyo says the number of crows it has counted in large parks rose to 36,400 in 2001 from 7,000 in the late 1980s, prompting a trapping plan that cut the numbers to 18,200 last year.
www.nytimes.com /2008/05/07/world/asia/07crows.html?ex=1367899200&en=1e122fb448c43c13&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink   (810 words)

- crows, ravens, jays, magpies and jackdaws, are the Einsteins of the bird family; no other birds even come close to matching their intelligence.
I recently watched as a crow repeatedly hopped down inside a dumpster and brought out food, leaving it with its mate, who was keeping an eye out for danger.
Upon returning, she found that the crow had the end of the leash in its mouth, and was calmly taking Fido for a walk around the yard!
www.clcookphoto.com /crows.htm   (575 words)

 Fish Crow ID
In Fish Crows, the 9th primary (p9) is the same size as, or is slightly longer than the 5th primary (p5), while in American Crows p5 is markedly longer than p9.
This adult Fish Crow was captured in Ithaca, NY in Feb 2001 and shows what seems to be a typical amount of hook to the tip of the bill.
In upstate New York American Crows start incubation the first week of April, while Fish Crows don't start until May. Most birds do not molt until they are finished breeding, and the molting schedules of the two crows reflect the month difference in their breeding schedule.
www.birds.cornell.edu /crows/FishCrow.htm   (1579 words)

 Stone the crows
It has a sort of Australian twang to it and is in common with several other similar phrases, all with the same meaning: starve the bardies [bardies are grubs], stiffen the crows, spare the crow.
Crows were unwelcome guests at sheep farms as, given the chance, they will kill and eat newborn lambs, so the association with annoyance isn't hard to see.
Stoning crows was a commonplace enough activity and calling it up into a phrase could have been done for no reason other than that the person who coined it just liked the sound of it.
www.phrases.org.uk /meanings/stone-the-crows.html   (499 words)

 Counting Crows | News
Counting Crows along with "Good Morning America" is pleased to announce a special concert as part of the 2008 Summer Concert Series line up.
Counting Crows are excited to announce an additional date with Maroon 5 and Sara Bareilles at Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.
Counting Crows will be teaming up with Maroon 5 and Sara Bareilles on August 26th at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel.
www.countingcrows.com   (556 words)

 Soar with the crows | csmonitor.com
Crow parents and their young live in a nest, as many other birds do.
That allows other crows to keep track of how many crows are nearby - and which crows they are.
Crows and other members of the corvid family, such as ravens, have been observed tricking predators.
www.csmonitor.com /2006/0516/p18s02-hfks.html   (1135 words)

Never-the-less, street-savvy birds like crows are quick to cope and can frequently be seen casually feeding along busy streets close to passing cars.
If a realtor was trying to interest a crow family into moving to the city, he would have many other selling points.
The hawks and owls are showing up in populated areas for the same reasons the crows are -a better diversification of habitat, and lots of smaller prey (like around bird feeders)to provide many a tasty meal.
www.netwalk.com /~vireo/Crows.html   (1018 words)

 The Raven's Aviary - The Corvidae Family
Ravens and Crows belong to the Corvidae, or "Crow", family of birds.
Although they are often confused with crows, they differ in a number of ways: Physically, ravens are larger than crows, with more angular feathers and tails (click here for more physical differences).
Crows are about the size of a large pigeon.
www.shades-of-night.com /aviary/corvidae.html   (1288 words)

 Marv Goldberg's R&B Notebooks - CROWS
The Crows, like their peers, sang for the most basic reasons: it was fun, it was a macho (but safe) way of besting other guys, and it was a great way to impress the girls in the neighborhood.
Probably in June, the Crows were back in the studio recording “Heartbreaker” and “Call A Doctor.” The former was a remake of a 1951 RCA release by the Washington D.C. Heartbreakers.
By January 1954, the Crows had sold 100,000 copies, a good-sized hit in those days (don't consider, even for a moment, artists' claims that their early 50s records sold a million copies; they didn't).
home.att.net /~marvart/Crows/crows.html   (2269 words)

 Corvid family
The Corvids are a large family composed of the familiar crows and jays, plus close relatives like magpies, treepies, nutcrackers and choughs.
In contrast, American Crows in the interior form breeding season pairs and raise young without helpers, but form vast foraging flocks of all ages during the winter.
We learn that the Banggai Crow is known from only two old specimens and that it may be extinct; recent crows sightings from this little island off Sulawesi may be expanding Slender-billed Crows.
www.montereybay.com /creagrus/corvids.html   (2213 words)

 Tiny "Crow-Cams" Capture Tool Use in Wild Birds
And field studies of remnants left by tool-making birds—such as leaves that had been bitten into strips to serve as probes—had also suggested that tool use is common in wild populations.
But researchers had few direct observations of crows making and using tools in a natural setting, due to the difficulty of actually watching their behavior in the birds' dense forest habitat.
Although their pilot study was intended primarily as a demonstration of the new technology, the researchers gained important new information about the crows' life in the wild.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2007/10/071004-crows-tools.html   (376 words)

 The Life of Birds | Bird Brains
Biologists already knew the corvid family–it includes crows, ravens, rooks, magpies and jackdaws–to be among the smartest of all birds.
The crows already knew about dropping clams from a height on the seashore to break them open, but found this did not work for walnuts because of their soft green outer shell.
Without knowing that it is difficult to say anything about their intelligence, although one could guess that these crows have the capability to be as clever as crows in general.”
www.pbs.org /lifeofbirds/brain   (1945 words)

 Tool-making crows
In the experiments, a captive female crow, confronted with a task that required a curved tool (retrieving a food-containing bucket from a vertical pipe), spontaneously bent a piece of straight wire into a hooked shape -- and then repeated the behavior in nine out of ten subsequent trials.
Though these crows are known to employ tools in the wild using natural materials, this bird had no prior training with the use of pliant materials such as wire -- a fact that makes its apparently spontaneous, highly specific problem-solving all the more interesting, and raises intriguing questions about the evolutionary preconditions for complex cognition.
The crow's behavior was captured on an unusual video clip, available on Science Online.
www.sciencemag.org /feature/data/crow   (143 words)

 Stone The Crows
Yet there was something earthy and appealing about the Crows that excited his enthusiasm and support.
Another 'cover' on 'Stone The Crows' is The Beatles' 'Fool On The Hill' and explains Maggie: "I always wanted to do this because it's got great lyrics.
When Maggie Bell's group Stone The Crows broke up in 1973 it was time for Britain's finest female singer to launch her solo career.
www.alexgitlin.com /stc.htm   (2886 words)

 Mighty Crows Northern California Bay Area Bluegrass Band
We've added a page of quotes just in case you were wondering what folks are saying about the Crows.
The Mighty Crows is a Bay Area bluegrass band with a style and repertoire that borrows heavily from the traditional sounds of The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Vern Williams, Red Allen and Jimmy Martin.
The Mighty Crows are available for BBQs, corporate events, weddings, or just about any other event that needs some music.
www.mightycrows.com   (665 words)

 MySpace.com - Counting Crows - Berkeley, California - Rock / Pop / Alternative - www.myspace.com/countingcrows
We love you, you love us, but please don’t ask when we’re coming to your city, when we’re coming out with a new album, or for backstage passes, cause everything we know, we give to you.
Counting Crows hail from the San Francisco Bay area and consist of Adam Duritz (vocals), David Bryson (guitar), Charles Gillingham (keyboards), Dan Vickrey (guitar), Jim Bogios (drums), David Immergluck (guitar) and touring bassist Millard Powers.
In 2004 the band released their first ever Best Of set Films about Ghosts which featured songs from every phase of the Counting Crows recording career.
www.myspace.com /countingcrows   (419 words)

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