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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18 Comments

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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