Crows and Ravens from Around the World

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.

The Chinese character 'niao' is a pictograph of a bird

The Chinese character ‘niao’ is a pictograph of a bird

‘wu’ or crow is a pictograph of a bird without a dot for an eye.

Sign describing the Carrion Crows (Corneja) and the Ravens (Cuervo) in the Picos de Europa, Spain. The bird shown in flight is a Crow. Sign describing the crows and ravens of Picos de EuropaThis Carrion Crow looks very different from our local Northwest Crows. Demon Crow patrolling the railing on my deck (cherry blossoms in the background)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.Black Raven up at Cypress Mountain‘C’ is for ‘Crow’ at Tofino’s wharf on Vancouver Island, Canada. Tofino's wharf with the letter 'C' standing for 'Crows'Ravens also tend to be solitary whereas Crows prefer to gather in large groups called ‘murders’.a congregation of crows in a bare treeCrows 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.Vancouver even has warning signs: Caution, Nesting Crows Overhead

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.A Bill Reid sculpture of a raven presiding over the 'birth of mankind' at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver, CanadaThe 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. 
The North Stacks in Anglesey, Wales has an old brick factory that has been converted into an outdoor art gallery containing scenes of life in the area which includes this bird painting of a ravenA couple of House Crows having a conversation in New Delhi, India. Two Indian House Crows in New Delhi, IndiaThis, 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 crow on the slate wall at the Cliffs of Moher, IrelandA raven in Utah’s Arches National Park, USA.
A raven in Utah's Arches National ParkA 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. A blue-eyed crow-like bird resting on a piling in Marken, HollandThe same bird (maybe) nesting in the stone walls of the ruins of Charles Fort in Kinsale, Ireland.  Birds 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.  The flowing lines of a Robert Flynn wood bird sculpture in LaConner's Museum of the Northwest

More of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds.

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