We see crows found almost everywhere throughout the world. As widely spread as they are, most of us probably don’t know much about them beyond them being those annoying birds that constantly make noise.
But crows are actually quite interesting and complex animals. Beyond the many different superstitions and mythologies from around the world that involve crows, there is actually a lot of scientific research that shows crows to be extraordinary animals. And you definitely don’t want to be getting on their bad side after this.
The British trivia quiz show “Quite Interesting” shared some scientific research on their Twitter page, which suggested that crows can hold grudges! Who would’ve guessed?
Crows not only hold grudges, they tell their friends and family about them. pic.twitter.com/MaN3aCuSBz
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) June 28, 2020
Back in 2011, Seattle researchers discovered that crows who’ve been captured can actually remember the face of their abductors – even up to years after the incident. Throughout the experiment, it was found that the captured crows would harass their former captors. This behavior suggested that crows are capable of not just forming grudges but also holding onto them for a long time.
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We definitely don’t want to be making these birds angry. The follow-up research, which was gathered a year later, showed that the brains of crows work similarly to that of humans whenever they spot a familiar face.
Back in 2012, the lead researcher, John Marzluff from the University of Washington, shared some insight, saying, “The regions of the crow brain that work together are not unlike those that work together in mammals, including humans.”
He continued, saying that up until that point when the research had been conducted, it had only been speculated that the regions of the birds’ minds worked in that manner – but the research the team had done was what finally documented it.
During the experiment, as many as 12 adult male crows were captured in order to be studied by researchers. All the team members involved wore the same exact mask in order to keep the captor’s identity the same. It was found that when the birds were given food by people dressed in different masks to that of their captors, the birds’ behaviors changed. The research gathered suggested that crows are also capable of using tools like humans, meaning that there is a section of their brains that are capable of higher cognitive functions.
It’s not usually shared enough, but these birds are quite smart. And the fact that they are capable of holding onto grudges for years has me seriously questioning why it’s called a murder of crows? Thoughts?
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Anastasia is an American writer and journalist living in Dublin, Ireland. Her Twitter is @AnastasiaArell5.