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Film Noir – Creepy Corvid Movies

If it is raining and gloomy where you are, then it is time to snuggle up in your favorite blanket, make some popcorn, and watch a really good (or awesomely bad) movie to celebrate Halloween. Ravens, Crows, and black feathered birds of all kinds have appeared in movies since film was invented.  Their voices and presence enable the film creators to convey mystery, foreshadowing, doom, danger,...

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Raven the Egg Thief

[caption id="attachment_1019" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Beth Surdut"][/caption] This month's Zenchilada expands beyond yummy mexican fusion gastronomy and heads into the mystical mind of Beth Surdut. The Santa Fe Raven Artista and Storyteller Extraordinaire, is featured on page 58. She tells an engaging story of friendship and observation, a whimsical study of Raven behavior in her desert home. "The Egg Thief swoops in at least once a day to check on...

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Crows,Ravens & The Science of Sleep

Crows roost in large, sometimes huge murders (a flock is called a murder) at night. A hundred years ago one could find these roosts just outside villages and towns, and it was thought they did this for safety from dogs, cats and owls that like to nest in human built structures. Now, however, these roosts are most often located inside the city limits and it’s thought...

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The Chimney Cleaners – Jackdaws on the Roof

Both in the air and on the ground there is an irrepressible jauntiness about jackdaw movements. Yet perhaps the most useful distinguishing feature of this intensely sociable bird is its voice. The full range of calls is complex, although the best known is a monosyllabic, almost dog-like yap, of which the first part of the name is descriptive. Jackdaws make another loud, resonant alarm note, an almost...

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10 Amazing Crow Facts

Corvids can be found all over the world except southern S. America, the Poles and various islands. They are believed to have originated in central Asia and species diversity is still high there. The oldest corvid fossils have been found in Europe from 20-25 million years ago; from an ancestor called the Miocene. Below are ten more interesting facts about our favorite bird: There are about 45...

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Raven Empathy & Compassion Indicators of Higher Intelligence

Over the past few decades, researchers have started finding behaviors that were once considered uniquely human, like tool use and empathy, in a number of other species. Many of these findings have come from our fellow primates, who presumably share a lot of our evolutionary legacy. But a surprising number of sophisticated behaviors have been showing up in birds, which haven't shared a common ancestor with...

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Featured Creature: The Jackdaw

Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) This month our focus is on a European bird, the Jackdaw.  These Jay-sized mini-crows are an extremely lively and social bunch, and are most (in)famous for their compelling infatuation with shiny objects.  Quite a remarkable character, the jackdaw prefers the glossy black - and sometimes purplish - coat of a gentleman, but is also commonly seen with a grey 'hooded' look about the nape....

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15 Silliest Crow, Magpie, & Jackdaw Photos

Throughout history, literature, and art, there is a frequent romanticism of Crows and Ravens that leaves little room for humor. There is certainly nothing funny about Rooks (just look at that mug!) and Ravens prefer to heckle than be heckled, but that doesn't count out the Corvid Clowns - Crows and Jackdaws, from providing us with several silly moments: A raven gives a hawk a hard time...

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