A Murder of Crows

They Live All Over The World With The Exception Being Antarctica.

A murder of Crows refers to a flock

A group of crows is called a “murder.” There are several different explanations for the origin of this term, mostly based on old folk tales and superstitions such as:

  • Crows gather and decide the fate of other crows.
  • Crows are an omen of death.
  • Crows are scavengers associated with dead bodies, cemeteries and battlefields.
  • Crows circling in the air are an omen someone will die soon.

The term “murder of crows” was created along with other animal groupings popular at one time:

  • parliament of owls
  • ostentation of peacocks
  • skull of foxes
  • knot of frogs

Superstitions:

  • Seeing two crows means good luck.
  • Seeing one crow means bad luck.
  • If you see six, then that means death!
  • If you hear cawing in the distance, that means that death is very near.
  • If a crow is near your house, that means that you’re going to get bad news.
  • Finding a dead crow on the road means good luck.
  • Crows in a churchyard is a sign of bad luck.

Chinese folklore tells of a three legged crow that symbolizes the sun.Native Americans heralded the Raven as the bringer of light and associated the bird with creation because it was thought to bring light where there was none. In Celtic Symbolism-“Samhain” was a day when the Celts celebrated their new year. As part of that celebration, the goddess Morrigan presides over the celebration bestowing those born on this date with oracular and visionary traits. Morrigan assumes the shape of a raven.The bird was viewed as a seer and had special visionary powers. People also once believed that when someone died, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead.

What does this phrase mean?

The most common definition of crow’s-feet is “tiny wrinkles at the outer corner of the eyes, resulting from age or constant squinting” and are so called due to the likeness to a crow’s footprint. The term originated in the late 14th century from Middle English and is believed to have first appeared in print in Chaucer’s poem “Troilus and Criseyde.” The phrase in the singular is crow’s-foot, but it is most often used in the plural, as in crow’s-feet.

The Raven

 

 How to Tell a Raven From a Crow

  • Ravens are larger than crows and are the size of a red-tailed hawk.
  • Ravens travel in pairs, crows travel in groups.
  • Crow’s tail feathers are the same length; Ravens have longer middle feathers that appear wedge shaped.
  • Ravens produce a low croaking sound; crows give a cawing sound.Photo of a Raven

Photo of many crows flying

Crows have been killed in large numbers by humans, both for recreation and as part of organized campaigns of extermination. American crows are protected internationally by what is known as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. There have been numerous attempts by humans to eradicate these birds but they are still widespread and very common. I have a flock that fly over my house on a daily basis and I can attest that they are very, very smart. According to Bird Life International, the population of crows is estimated to be at around 31,000.000. Clearly, the species is not threatened.

Crows are very intelligent

How’s This for Smart!?

 

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31 Comments

  1. Donna

    Thanks
    This is very informative and the question and answer were very sincere and honest

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Thank you for your very nice comment.

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      1. Mike Donnellan

        Hello. My wife and I left my mother’s apartment after a nice visit with her. It was just about 10 pm when we were getting to our car in the parking lot when the largest flock of crows I have ever seen, aprox 100, flew over us, some cawing, and only seen because they were illuminated by city lights. They flew past us, reversed the course of their flight and flew past us again. I was a little un-nerved. My wife, Supat, is from Thailand, a devout Buddhist and one of the most spiritual people I have ever known. She simply said, “Good luck.” I hope she is right.

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        1. Donna L (Post author)

          I agree and what a great experience it must have been. You’d know if if they didn’t like you!

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  2. Johnathon

    HI I saw like 15 crows near my house near the carpark just down the road and I see 6 of them near my house when I try to leave my house they keep standing near my house it’s like there not letting me go out?

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  3. Kimberly

    I have just recently loss my mother and I went up to the local school field to jog and two crows or Raven came and sat on the fence and swaked then another one came flying onto the playing field. The out side was cold with a dark clouds windy and ready to rain. I got scared and left quickly. They are very big birds and I have been there many times but I never felt like that before scared. I am having alot of family problems since my mom has passed. Could you tell me what this means?

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      There should not be fear associated with these super intelligent birds. They are common just about everywhere as discussed in the article. I am sure they were just observing you and with the associated weather conditions and loss of your mother, I would say it was quite normal how you reacted. I do not believe there is any hidden meaning here. Family problems are common after the loss of a loved one. I would recommend that you seek out family counseling if that is a possibility. I wish you the best.

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  4. Alexandra savinon

    so in my middle of my sleep I heard a lot of noise so I looked at the out the window and I seen a bunch of crows making noise and standing in my back tree next to my house.then I went to my sister’s house to drop off my daughter and when I was leaving there to head to work and beard and Seen more crows. what does that mean?

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      A group of crows lives in your area. Nothing to be concerned about except if you abuse them. They have very good memories and will retaliate.

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  5. Lily

    I love crows, and always considered the birds I saw when I was at work to be crows. They are so large, though, so I think maybe they are ravens. Is there a difference in the meaning of seeing or hearing them? I once was at a Native American Pow-wow and told a women who was reading people that my spirit animal was crow. She said I should find a different spirit animal. They come to the person, I believe, and not the other way round.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Ravens and Crows are different. They look and sound different. You can Google for further information if you’re not finding what you are looking for in this article. Thanks for your comments.

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  6. Carrie Joy

    Hello i was driving my husband to work and i have saw 6 crows line right up in the road, then a little ways down further on a different road i saw 2 of them and then when i got about to a different road i saw just one… Please tell me is this a sign or something. This is the first time i saw this. Thank you

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Nothing unusual about a line of crows. They are in our yard frequently and do all kinds of things. Please don’t worry.

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  7. Ellie

    I hear a crow but I don’t see it… Is that bad luck?

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Not that I am aware of. I hear all kinds of birds and don’t see them. This includes crows, hawks, etc.

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  8. France

    We have never-ever seen crows here in Ottawa Ontario Canada…
    I live in the downtown core , in a highrise building, and we all are wondering why all these crows are flying by the thousands every say here-we just had 29cm of snow and they still fly by-very low and close to our balconies-but never come on our balconies…No-one seems to know why…not even our Television stations here in Ottawa Ontario Canada (CTV News)This is a SENIORS BUILDING, and most seniors are getting freak-out…I would like any answer, please !!

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      It may be a seasonal thing, migration, etc. You can certainly Google crow behavior to get expert wildlife opinions. thanks for your comments.

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  9. veronique

    We just saw hundreds of crows yesterday on a nature drive at least 300 im serios we felt this was s blessing and magical

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Yes, they are wonderful, smart creatures!

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  10. destiny

    I’m so worried because There was a large group nearby I think flying over the neighbors or mines house (its very dark right now so hard to tell) and they were being very loud with their calls. Any advice?

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      That’s their way of communicating. Nothing to be afraid of.

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  11. Joanne

    Just lost a dear and close friend yesterday and on Sunday there were a flock about 15-20 cawing and flying around in a field was kind of spooky now I understand why thank u for the information

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      I am very sorry at the loss of your friend. You are most welcome.

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  12. Rla

    I guess I’m going to have good luck, there are around 20-30 crows in our trees right now.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      Ha! Make friends and you will be fine! Keep me posted. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. nicole

    I believe in the crow to protect me, they have always guided me ,and I just learned more about them, thank you.

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    1. Donna L (Post author)

      I agree. They are so smart! I have one that stops by every day to sit on our fence. Thanks for your comment!

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  14. Sheri

    I love crows and ravens …all the corvidae.

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    1. Donna

      Thanks for sharing! I love them too Sheri!

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  15. nadia

    I love crows and have many pics honoring them..I feel as though they protect me as I always have 2-3 around and above me when I take my daily walks. Thank you for your post.

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    1. Donna

      I am glad that you enjoyed the read! Thanks for your feedback!

      Reply

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