Oct 18 2010
As of last night, Pittsburgh’s huge winter flock of crows had not arrived yet but I expect them any day now. In the meantime I’ve been learning more about crows, and you can too.
Crows have been watching us for a very, very long time but it’s only recently that scientists have begun to watch back. Here’s what they’ve found out. Did you know that…
- Crows watch us more than we watch them.
- Crows can recognize the faces of people who’ve hurt them.
- Crows teach each other which people are dangerous so the entire flock knows who to avoid.
- Crows probably got a bad reputation because we know they’re a lot like us (intelligent and social), but crows will do the things that humans will do that we aren’t particularly proud of.
This is just a taste of what you’ll learn from A Murder of Crows this Sunday, October 24 at 8:00pm on PBS.
In Pittsburgh, it’s on WQED. Perhaps our crows will arrive in time to see it.
(photo from Shutterstock by Al Mueller)
p.s. A “murder of crows” is a flock. As the show opens there’s a very good black and white animation of a crow flock that is frankly rather scary. Even I, who love crows, found it disturbing but it was the only disturbing image in an otherwise upbeat and fascinating program.