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We found 21 interesting facts about crows

Considered a symbol of love in Chinese culture.

Ravens, like ravens, have existed in human culture for thousands of years. Unlike ravens, they settled in populated areas much later and were not as exterminated as their relatives. Despite this, they were often associated with death and disease and were considered a bad omen. Currently, they live next to us in cities, where they have very quickly adapted to new conditions. They can be found perched on roofs, chimneys or treetops in parks.

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Crows are corvids.

The corvid family includes 133 species, found on every continent except Antarctica.
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There are 6 subspecies of these animals.

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Crows reach sizes from 48 to 52 centimeters, and their wingspan is up to 1 meter.

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The average crow weighs about 0,5 kg.

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These are migratory birds, although part of the population leads a sedentary lifestyle. Sedentary animals usually live in urban areas.

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Crows live in Eastern and Northern Europe. Their distribution area extends from the Italian Peninsula and the Elbe River to the Urals.

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The hooded crow often crosses with the carrion crow, and this crossbreeding produces individuals with a variety of plumage and varying proportions of black and gray colors.

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Since the 30s, crows began nesting in Warsaw. Later they captured other cities: Poznan in the 50s and Wroclaw, Krakow and Gdansk in the 70s.

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The coloration of crows does not depend on their sex, so dimorphism is difficult to determine.

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Crows are omnivores.

Their diet mainly consists of small mammals, birds and insects. Crows sometimes eat carrion. They also feed on fruits, seeds and trash from trash cans.
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Crows most often search for food on the ground, but in large groups they may hunt small mammals or birds.

It happens that crows attack the nests of other crows, eating their contents.
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Crows steal prey from other birds, including raptors.

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Initially, crows inhabited only river valleys, lake edges and small forests near meadows and wet places. Today they can be found in almost every forest, park, field and urban area.

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Crows are monogamous and mate for life.

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Crows breed once a year, usually at the top of a tall tree at the edge of the forest. They lay 4 to 6 eggs, which the female incubates for 18 to 21 days.

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After the chicks hatch, the crows take great care of them.

The male is responsible for delivering food to the nest. Little crows eat insects and their larvae, and when they grow up, their parents also feed them mice or the chicks of other birds. The chicks usually leave the nests after about 5 weeks.
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Bearded crows are known for their intelligence.

They know how to solve puzzles and use available objects. In one experiment, crows constructed tools from several elements and then used them to open a box containing a reward.
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Crows are a partially protected species in Poland.

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The symbolism of the crow in European culture is associated with death, war and disease. This opinion arose due to the appearance of these birds on battlefields, where they fed on the bodies of the fallen.

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In Ancient Greece, the crow was associated with the sun and prophecy. It was an attribute of Apollo and Athena.

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In China, the three-legged crow resting on the sun disk was a symbol of imperial power and family love.

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