It pays to be nice to crows.

Crows recognize human faces. So in your back yard wear a mask if you're going to chase or trap crows. And not wear one if you're feeding them.

Crows Can Recognize You and Hold a Grudge

So, if you're studying crow behavior to record how crows react to negative stimuli you should wear a mask. Don't use your real face. If you do, you'll get scolded repeatedly by the agitated flock every time you approach.

Dewey Crow
My backyard buddy, Dewey, named from the TV Show "Justified"

Don't anger a crow. In 2011, a team from the University of Washington published a remarkable paper about local crows. They researched how well the birds could identify human faces. So they wore masks. One group threatened the birds the other group wore a different mask didn't. Without fail, the threatening group of masked scientists were greeted by angry scolds and dive-bomb attacks. A few years later, the crows not only held onto that grudge, but they told other crows and offspring about it as well.

Conversely if you feed a crow they may bring you a gift …and if you feed 22 Crows?

Note: What's the difference between a raven and a crow? A flock of crows is called a "murder of crows", sounds like a serious bird. A group of ravens is called an "unkindness" or "conspiracy", obviously less serious.


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