Crows, Ravens and Relatives.
In Chinese the character for a crow is ‘wu’, the pictograph of a bird but without the line indicting the eye, a reference to fact that the black eye of a black bird is sometimes invisible.
Sign describing the Carrion Crows (Corneja) and the Ravens (Cuervo) in the Picos de Europa, Spain. The bird shown in flight is a Crow. This Carrion Crow looks very different from our local Northwest Crows. Apart from size, the only difference between the local Raven and the Crow that I could immediately spot was more predominant beak of the raven. Crows have a soft sheen to their feathers whereas Raven’s feathers are the colour of an oil slick, and much shinier.‘C’ is for ‘Crow’ at Tofino’s wharf on Vancouver Island, Canada. Ravens also tend to be solitary whereas Crows prefer to gather in large groups called ‘murders’.Crows are extremely protective of their babies, and will swoop down on you, even sometimes grab your hair, if you get anywhere too close to their nests. Vancouver even has printed up warning signs for when too many people get attacked.
In the indigenous culture of the Northwest, a raven presides over the ‘birth of mankind’ from a clam shell. This Bill Reid sculpture is at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver, Canada.The North Stacks in Anglesey, Wales has an old brick factory that has been converted into an outdoor art gallery. This painting is of a Cigfran / Raven.
A couple of House Crows having a conversation in New Delhi, India. This, I think, may be a Rook, perched on the slate wall at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. The rook is skinnier and has a lighter-coloured beak. A raven in Utah’s Arches National Park, USA.
A blue-eyed crow-like bird resting on a piling in Marken, Holland. I think this might be a Jackdaw, different than a Crow but still part of the Corvid family of birds. The same bird (maybe) nesting in the stone walls of the ruins of Charles Fort in Kinsale, Ireland. The flowing lines of a Robert Flynn wood sculpture of a crow in Laconner’s Museum of the Northwest.
More of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds.