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Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Don't Discriminate Crows - They're Awesome Birds


Crows…not many people find these particular birds attractive. Nevertheless, I always feed the crows around my housing area, and this made my neighbours fuming about it. Apparently, they say, the sight of crows around the house before going out somewhere is a bad omen and brings misfortune. So I went and asked around a few people in the city about crows. These were some of the exact labeling I got: Scavengers, thieves, trouble makers, noisy f**kers, they bring bad luck, they shit on people, they shit on cars and etc. (I must say I was disappointed with the answers.)


Despite all the bad impression about crows, there’s this one simple fable in children story books that actually reflects the truth about crows and what they’re made off. I first read this story in Bahasa Melayu. It was titled : ‘Sang Gagak dan Sebuah Kendi’.  Up until today this fable has a legendary status.. Even recently I saw the same version in my niece’s English story book titled ‘The Thirsty Crow’. Evergreen!

Crow and pitcher by Akirichan

I’m sure many of you have heard of this story. (Just to recall, click here.)  But have you ever asked why it was a crow that was chosen to deliver the moral in this story?  If you know, that’s great!  If you don’t, here’s why.  It’s simply because crows are the smartest bird species on the planet and one of the most intelligent animals in the world. In fact don’t be surprised that a recent study by University of Auckland, New Zealand has indicated that crows are smarter than chimpanzees in many ways. 


Let’s delve in a little deeper. There are times we humans can’t recognize the faces of people that we had interacted with. I mean even at close proximity we'll struggle to recall our memory. However, crows can remember faces of humans for a lifetime and they don’t even need to come near you to identify. And if you ever mess with a crow, you’re definitely high on its list. Even after many years, if you bump into that crow again, it can remember you so well and will alert its friends to attack you. No kidding people. Its scientifically proven!


Crows are also one of the very few animals that can use tools to achieve its goal. Put a piece of meat inside a tube or container beyond the crows reach and leave a wire nearby. The crow will waste no time, no trial and error.  It will grab the wire, and bend it into hook and pull the meat out.


Besides, crows also understand the laws of physics and use it to adapt and survive alongside humans. If a crow wants to break a walnut, it will drop the nut from high altitude. Not only that they understand gravity and impact, crows precisely know how high they should fly and drop a particular nut in order to achieve the desired result when it hits the ground. No no wait..Ground is too general. Crows are way smarter than that. They know that dropping the nut on a field or soil won’t break the shell. Hence, they will specifically drop the nut on the road or on hard surface only. This is an example how crows actually understand gravity and the Newton's Laws. ( I seriously think if  I grew up with crows, I would've got an 'A' in physics for my SPM)


What if this nut-crashing strategy doesn’t work out? 
Crows today are advanced.  What they do? They drop the walnut in the middle of the road and wait at the side. When cars pass by, the nuts will break and the crows get the job done with ease.  Besides, crows know that they don’t have 9 lives like cats. They’ve come to realize that they could be run over by oncoming cars when attempting to pick up the broken nuts..So how? They've observed human behavior and looked for new solutions… As a result, crows upgraded their skills.


Today, crows actually find zebra crossing with traffic lights, drop the nut on the crossing and get it overrun by cars. Next, they wait until the traffic light turns red and make sure the green man signal for pedestrians blinks. While the cars stop, this is when the crows take their sweet time and gloriously pick up their happy meals. Safety first lah!  So if you realise, crows are sooo smart that they even know how to utilise cars, traffic flow, zebra crossing and traffic lights to their advantage.  And if you’re one them who always beat the traffic light, shame on you! Coz if the crows know how to use the traffic lights,…..* well I don’t even need to complete this sentence*....

So the next time you bump into some crows, make sure you appreciate and realize that it is your closest encounter, to one of the nature’s smartest beings. One thing I must say, crows deserve a lot more respect than what we've given them all this while. And to my neighbours, if your life is ridden with problems, don't blame the crows and the bad luck they've brought to you . Instead, learn how crows use their brains to solve their problems and how they've become one of the toughest survivors in the animal kingdom!

16 comments:

  1. Hye.. is it ok if i share ur post on my fb?-roslinda razali

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    1. Sure Roslinda. Why not..education is to be shared :)

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  2. shawn, u ruined chimpanzee's reputation...hahahahaha

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    1. teruk lah bro.. all the beruk skrang buat demonstrasi depan rumah I. dorang tak puas hati..huhu

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  3. I really love your writing. In fact, I just saw Crow picked leave from the tree. So cleaver and look so smart

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    1. Hi as_serialam,

      Thanks for the support. :) Indeed, they're nature's scientist.

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  4. now i know...before this i don't know that crow is one of the smartest animal...huhuhu...nice entry bro!

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    1. Hey thanks. Nice name you have there. :D

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  5. Hi..

    Before ni saya memang tak tahu yg crows adalah burung yang benar2 bijak! Seriously!
    After reading this...saya benar2 terkejut n kagum pada pukul 2.47pagi.,hehe.

    Terima kasih atas info, detail dan humour picture yg berkaitan.

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    1. Thanks Comot. Glad that it helps :)

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  6. haha really funny and brilliant...

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  7. wow.. very educating.. never gave much thought about Crow before but now I look at them differently.. should give them their fair share of respect.. I would copy and paste your informative article in my FanBox for more to know and understand..

    Thanks again for your lovely article..

    YapSL

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  8. wow! never thought a bird could actually do all that. i've changed my perspective about these cool birds. thanks for the info dude.

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