On Halloween I posted a video showing how crows recognize their enemies. Libby Strizzi wondered, do they recognize their friends? You bet!
In Gifts of the Crow John Marzluff, who conducted the face-recognition experiments at University of Washington, tells how the same American crows that harass the mask-face fly to perch near Lijana Holmes when she arrives on campus. She feeds them a breakfast of eggs and meat every day. It’s not just the food. Crows know who their friends are.
In this video from Germany “Rabenvater” offers treats to hooded and carrion crows and records their antics. He feeds them often (see his many crow videos) and they trust him. Their relationship is so amazing that spectators pause to watch.
Not only do the crows trust him, they’re willing to raid his pocket that holds the treats. Watch at 2:30 as a hooded crows thinks about the pocket and at 3:40 when a carrion crow spends time pulling out the treats and throwing away the peanuts.
Crows recognize their friends.
(YouTube video by Rabenvater)