Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Eating Crow

Here in BC crows are spirit birds for the North American Indians and it is frowned upon to hurt them.
I have to say they grow very big and are not afraid of you at all.

I never liked crows because of the way they caw but I have to admire how intelligent they are and this is also why they can be taught to talk. I wouldn't mind having one for a pet.

Some starving people in Lithuania, used to eat crows and they were a dish presented in hotel restaurants, as well as used like currency between people

In Latvia the dead were offered to the crow to eat and so people are not allowed to eat them.
They were seen as holy birds.

We also have a phrase - EATING CROW .
It relates to saying something that's wrong and then being shamed or teased or suffering the consequences of people proving you wrong.
It leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

And a bunch of crows is not called a flock but a murder. lol

They can live up to 17 years and apparently mate for life.


Diane said...

Fascinating! I had no idea they could talk!
I knew about the 'murder' though. My son read an article describing a group of crows standing in a circle around a single crow. There was a lot of cawing between the crow in the middle and the crows in the circle. Then the crows in the circle killed the single one. It was like a trial and execution.
They are certainly very, very smart.
They are terrible on a ranch, though. They pick at the young animals and have even been known to kill them. So they're not very popular here!

A Lady's Life said...

I never liked crows. When ever they come, all the other birds fly away. I love robins , sparrows, doves,humming birds and even the kingfishers that come around my place. But when the crows come they change things around your yard.
But one crow to bring up and teach to be nice is ok lol
My favorite talking bird is the blue fronted amazon. I had one and he was the sweetest bird. The African gray comes second to talking. Myna birds are also great talkers.