Corvidae is a cosmopolitan family of oscine passerine birds that contains the crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers. The common English name used is corvids (more technically) or the crow family (more informally), and there are over 120 species. The genus Corvus, including the jackdaws, crows and ravens, makes up over a third of the entire family.
They are considered the most intelligent of the birds having demonstrated self-awareness in mirror tests (European Magpies) and tool making ability (Crows, Rooks)—skills until recently regarded as solely the province of humans and a few other higher mammals. They are medium to large in size, with strong
feet and bills, rictal bristles and a single moult each year (most passerines moult twice).
Corvids are found worldwide except for the tip of South America and the polar ice caps. The majority of the species are found in tropical South and Central America, southern Asia and Eurasia, with fewer than 10 species each in Africa, Australasia and North America. The genus Corvus has re-entered Australia in relatively recent geological prehistory, with five species and one subspecies there.
Some of you might be thinking, why all this death? Why does she follow the lessons of horror and suffering? She seems like a nice girl, maybe it’s a trend?
Greetings. The Corvids are fascinating birds. I feel a relationship with Crows in particular, but have encountered Ravens too. I live in Seattle and we have many Crows here. I enjoy their activities and am delighted by the recent studies regarding how smart they are and how well they remember things and can puzzle things out.
My husband and I came up with a description for a small group of crows (as opposed to the large flock that is usually called a Murder). The smaller group is an "assault and battery of crows." ;-)
Another thing that has brought me to the Corvids is the old song "Twa Corbies"…
I have simply always felt a strong connection to Crows and I find them to be wise. In an animal medicine reading, I was told that the Raven is a strong spiritual guide of mine relating mostly to its mysterious nature. That is the way my spiritual name came about. I am sorry it took me so long to join this group. I am happy to be here.