Called “feathered apes” for their simianlike smarts, crows use tools, understand physics, and recognize themselves and humans. But new research suggests that the brainy birds may be even smarter than was previously thought. Given a complex problem and an assortment of tools, New Caledonian crows came up with a creative solution that hints at higher-order thinking. (See link.)

Pet crows give their owners names. This is identified by a unique sound they make around specific people that they would not otherwise make.

Crow is catching a ride on the back of a Vulture in Spain. Here's the scoop: "The crows are certainly intelligent. This year, one of the most peculiar photographies of the nature is the sequence taken by the photographer Jose Luis Garci'a Larred in Soria, Spain. In it a crow is seen resting on backs of a leonado vulture. According to what I read in the news commentaries, the photographer could observe how the crow traveled about two hundred meters on the vulture."

Intelligent animals both, crows and wolves have been known to play together in the wild and it has been observed that crows will sometimes alert wolves to potential prey in order that they might share in the food it would provide.

Smarter than most people...

Differences between crows and ravens

Raven

love this pic (but links to great photos with and without animals)

I didn't realize some of these facts about crows, especially that the babies are so incredibly cute and fluffy | 19 Reasons Why The Crow Should Be Your New Favorite Animal

One day the owl and the crow sat upon the weathered wood fence posts...

Rare White Raven

crows - Pinned by The Mystic's Emporium on Etsy

Amazing! Really stunning video. Made me think of the fictional Mocking Jay.

Macaws

crow we had several pet crows growing up all named blackie and all of them could talk. In the winter they lived indoors. Strange but true

Love Cardinals and the fact that they mate for life.

No Chirping for the African Pygmy Kingfisher - This very small but very cute bird is the African Pygmy Kingfisher. At only around 11-13 cm in length, this guy sticks to eating insects rather than fish like its cousins the River Kingfishers. The African Pygmy Kingfisher is recognized by its call which sounds like a high pitched "tsip-tsip" when in flight. That noise reminds of me of something an insect (like a praying mantis?) might say. You are what you eat I guess.

❥ Nest building

Samoa’s little dodo bird is in imminent danger of following the large dodo into extinction. It was #10 on the 2013 endangered species list.