The Truth Picture

... of the Night Coloured Bird

Hello world, it’s that time again, but instead of giving you the shivers with primeval-fear-inducing tail through I’d get better equated with me little friend the crow.

Or friends the crows I should say as turns out that “crow” is not a species but a genus scientifically called Corvus which belongs to the family Corvidae. Also they are not all small, they rang in size from the relatively small pigeon-size jackdaws, to the thick-billed and common ravens, the latter of which can grow up to one and half meters from wingtip to wingtip.

The genus Corvus makes up a third of the species in the family Corvidea which belongs to the Order Passerine, whose members are also known as perching birds and include all those nice little birds you put food out for only for it to be nicked by the squirrels.

They are 40 or so members of the Corvus genus and they live on all the temperate continents, except South America, and several islands, including Hawaii. The carrion crow, Corvus corone, the title character in “The Crow”, is native to eastern Asia and western Europe including the British Isles, these birds can be from 18 to 21 inches in length and though they mostly eat carrion they won’t turn there beaks up at insects, worms, grain and even small mammals and eggs. They will also harass birds of prey or even foxes for their kills and do actively hunt, at times co-operating to make a kill. Other examples are: the house crow, Corvus splendens, from the Arabian world; the rook, Corvus frugilegus, which is commonly mistaken for the carrion crow; and the forest raven, Corvus tasmanicus, from Tasmania.

Smart, crows are. Recent research has found some species are capable not only of using tools but making them as well and are now considered to be among the world's most intelligent animals. The Jackdaw has been found to have a striatum (part of the inner brain, I did try to find out what it’s for but Wikipedia was being too technical) approximately the same relative size as a chimpanzee’s or a human’s, and significantly larger than a gibbon’s. Wild hooded crows in Israel have learned to use bread crumbs as bait for fishing and crows in Queensland, Australia have learned how to eat the toxic cane toad by flipping the it onto its back and violently stabbing the throat where the skin is thinner, allowing them to access the non-toxic innards. The New Caledonian Crow has also been studied a lot recently because of its ability to manufacture and use its own tools including “knives” cut from stiff leaves and stalks of grass in it’s day-to-day search for food. Recent research also suggests that crows can recognize one human face from another. Another skill involves dropping tough nuts into busy streets and waiting for a car to crush them open, some birds even do this at traffic lights to avoid be squished, less of pelican crossing, more of a crow crossing.

And now for some stories: in Irish mythology, crows are associated with Morrigan, the goddess of war and death, kind of like my stories, and in Chinese mythology, the sun is a crow, they where originally ten but, the gods had nine of them shot down when all ten decided to rise at once because they devastated the crops and having a "crow beak" is a symbolic expression meaning you’re being a jinx. Some cultures see crows in a better light, they are mentioned often in Buddhism, especially in Tibetan disciplines, and the Dalai Lama is often closely associated with them and in Japan, during the period of the Goguryeo Kingdom, the Samjogo, a three legged crow, was a highly regarded symbol of power, superior to both the dragon and phoenix. It was said is ancient Greece and Rome that, “The swans will sing when the jackdaws are silent,” meaning that educated or wise people will speak after the foolish become quiet, of course, crows are actually very smart, unlike owls who the Roman through where intelligent and are actually quite thick. The Australian Aborigines saw them as smart though, thinking of the crow as a trickster who helped to steal fire but, and here we come full circle, they too connected crows with death. As my picture up there, that my own idea of the crow bringing night in it wings.

Information from Wikipedia

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The title would fit, plus the DA was being a ***** about uploading the image. Again the piture was compleatly drawn in SAI.

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN and don't worry, I have more-all-hallow-eve-ish stuff to come.
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