French school, mid-sixteenth century. The Black Crow. Gouache. (Paris around 1544-1590)
The 5 Smartest Non-Primates on the Planet
corvus_brachyrhynchos-110729-02 Crows have been observed constructing & using tools,& demonstrate long term recognition of human faces.If a dead crow is discovered by other crows, an alarm call is released which brings all crows w/in hearing distance to to the site of the death.The crows gather, chatter excitedly while examining the dead crow-(I call this the crow inquest-others liken it to a funeral)-and no crow will eat in the vicinity of the dead crow.I wonder if this is a learned…
The Raven And The Fox - Jean De La Fontaine Fables
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming, And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor Shall be lifted - nevermore!