How smart are you about crows and ravens?

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Crows and ravens are some of the smartest animals on the planet, rivaling the brain power of the most wily mammals. So how much do you know about our future overlords? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

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Crows and ravens belong to the family:

Corvidae is the family of birds that includes crows, ravens and their cousins, and includes about 120 species of birds in total. Corvids are known to be some of the smartest birds on the planet.

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Crows and ravens are as smart as:

Humans have long been amazed at what crows and ravens can figure out, but researchers are finally detailing just how brainy these birds are. Studies have shown they can recognize individual humans (and even give them "names"), figure out how to solve problems to get food, use tools, pull off tricks that require deception, and have amazing memories for where they've cached food. The list goes on but suffice it to say, we should never underestimate how much a crow or raven really knows. 

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What species of bird are ravens and crows not related to?

The crow family includes crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers. Quite a diverse family! But every one of the 120 or so species in the family are known for being quite intelligent or at least have very strong memories about where they cache their food.

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Ravens can imitate human speech.

This is very true. Ravens are great at imitating sounds, and this extends to human speech. One bird raised in captivity was even taught to say "nevermore."

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What species of raven is this?

The thick-billed raven is found in the mountain regions of Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia. It is the largest of all the raven species, weighing an average of 3.3 pounds.

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What do crows and ravens eat?

Crows and ravens are omnivorous predators and scavengers, meaning they'll eat an astounding array of food. Not only will they catch their own prey for a meal, but they will also dine on the remains of kills made by other predators. They will look everywhere from farmers' fields to trash cans for potential snacks.

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A group of crows is called a murder. A group of ravens is called:

The group names for crows and ravens don't exactly have positive connotations. This is due in part because the species have been viewed as symbols of death or as bad omens. Other names for a group of ravens include a constable and a conspiracy.

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How many species of crow and raven are there?

Within the Corvidae family is the Corvus genus, the group of species known as crows and ravens. And within this genus, there are about 40 species of birds, ranging from the little crow of Australia (only around 15-17 inches long) to the huge thick-billed ravens of Africa.

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The wingspan of a common raven is:

The common raven is one of the largest species of corvid, and one of the most widely distributed. These big birds can have a wingspan of between 40 to 59 inches, or 3.3 to 4.9 feet!

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Crows mate for life.

Crows stay with the same mate year after year. Unless the mate is killed, or a young pair aren't able to breed successfully and break up, crows are in it together for the long haul. 

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What species of crow is this?

The hooded crow can be found across northern, eastern and southeastern Europe and is also known as the Scotch crow, Danish crow and grey crow. While it is very similar in appearance to the carrion crow, it was determined to be its own species in 2002.

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Where do crows and ravens live?

Corvids are found everywhere in the world except Antarctica and the most northern areas of the Arctic, and they are also absent from the southernmost tip of South America. Other than that, they can be found on every continent, with most of the species occurring in South America, Central America, Eurasia and southern Asia.

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How long do crows and ravens live?

In the wild, if a crow or raven makes it past the challenging first year of life, then it can live to be about 15 years old. The oldest recorded wild American crow was 16 years old, while the oldest captive crow lived to be 59 years old. Among ravens, the lifespan is similar or maybe a bit longer. The oldest banded wild common raven lived to be 23 years old and captive ravens living at the Tower of London have lived to just beyond 40 years old. 

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The main predator of crows and ravens is:

Humans are by far the biggest predator of crows and ravens. There is a long history of persecution of these birds by humans, right down to dynamiting roosts and killing tens of thousands of birds at once. Long viewed as everything from bad omens to pests in urban and rural settings alike, the birds' biggest threat is humans.

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