Crows and Ravens
Illustration for The Jackdaw of Rheims, by Maurice Ernest Jessop: 1880s
Crows are susceptible to West Nile virus, and their deaths are used as early indicators of potential human disease in an area. West Nile Virus has killed 45% of American crows since 1999, though they’re still listed as Least Concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Crows use at least 250 different calls. The distress call brings other crows to their aid, as crows will defend unrelated crows. Crows mate for life and funeralize dead group members.
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Raven at Sundown by Carl Olsen
The raven is a keeper of secrets and can assist us in determining answers to our own "hidden" thoughts...areas in our lives that we are unwilling to face, or secrets we keep that harm us. The raven can help us expose the truth behind these often distorted secrets and wing us back to health and harmony.
"In 2008, the Japanese artist collective Chim Pom managed to invade some specific landmarks of Tokyo, like Shibuya or the Parliament building, with a swarm of wild crows ingeniously driven by a taxidermic bird and a megaphone using crows’ screams."
Medieval Bestiary : Raven (Museum Meermanno, Folio 34r) "Before the young have feathers, they feed on dew."