There are around 120 species of crow-like birds in the family Corvidae. In Australia, there are five species, including the Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides). I just love to observe these beautiful and intelligent birds.
Crows and ravens have the biggest brain to body weight ratio of all birds. The hippocampus, which is associated with spatial memory and problem-solving, is particularly well developed. Crows and ravens are at least as intelligent as the great apes, and have developed tools to access food. In Australia, one of their favourite activities is to patrol the roadside several times a day to feast on any roadkill. Juveniles, which haven’t learnt proper road sense, sometime become roadkill themselves, but it hardly ever happens to adult birds. They look very haughty when they step away from certain collision just in the nick of time.
Are you a fan of ravens and crows as well?
For Ragtag Daily Prompt — Orgulous; and Bird Of The Day.
Information sourced from The Conversation article, “Stone the crows! Could corvids be Australia’s smartest export?” by Stephen Debus.