posted on Aug, 9 2009 @ 06:30 PM
Crows are amazing creatures. They are scavengers that have learned to co-exist in close proximity to humans. Just like rats and dogs, wherever there
are humans, you will find crows.
However, unlike the other scavengers they are pretty witty. Just find your nearest shopping mall and spend an hour observing the crows. I've seen
them pick up lit cigarette butts and smoke them. I've seen them pick up unlit cigarette butts to use as nesting material. I've seen them sit and
observe traffic waiting for the safe and opportune time to get something they want from the middle of the road. I've seen them use a murder of crows
to distract other birds while one of their number swoops in for what they are fighting over. I've even seen a crow suck soda out of a straw!
It is said that since the feral nature has been bred out of dogs thousands of years ago, that they would go extinct without humankind. It is believed
by scientists that rats too might follow humanity into extinction if we were to go that route. Crows, I am convinced, would find ways to adapt without
humans. Their scavenger-based relationship with humans is not, co-dependent as much as it is symbiotic.
However, Crows aren't the only birds that are tool-users (although they are the only birds other than Budgies that have a rudimentary grasp of
mathematics, being able to count to 3, although Budgies can be taught the use an Abacus to count to higher numbers). Vultures, Parrots, Passerines,
Woodpecker Finches, and some varieties of Ibis/Herons have been known to fashion and use rudimentary tools.
Crows may not have the intelligence of a Budgie, but I have no doubts they (along with other Corvidae) are the second most intelligent Avians. They
certainly are the most adaptable.