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The Giant Cowbird

Not a Corvid! Last month we brought you a delightful and silly un-corvid, the Willy Wagtail. This month is a much more sinister subject - the Giant Cowbird (Molothrus oryzivorus). [caption id="attachment_732" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="By Peter VanZoest"] [/caption] The Cowbird one of the few entirely black birds found in Central and South America. It is a quiet bird, particularly for an icterid, but the male has an unpleasant...

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10 Really Weird Crow Facts

In our last top ten fact list about Crows we highlighted corvids from a scientific angle - they are intelligent, persistent, prolific, and hardy. In this list, we want to explore some of the stranger things about our favorite critter. Without further ado: Crows living in suburban areas require only 10% of the nesting territory that crows living in in the wilderness do,  and are much more...

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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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