Have You Been Seeing Crows? What The Crow Symbolizes (More Than Just Death)

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The other morning I ran out to my car to grab my purse when I heard the loudest “CAW” from right behind me. I looked back at my house and noticed a crow perched on a window ledge. When I looked at it, it cawed again and flew away. My immediate thought was, “Oh my god, who is going to die?”

I honestly don’t think I am alone in thinking this. Crows have long symbolized death because they are carrion birds, birds that feed on dead animals. There are many myths surrounding carrion birds. For example, ravens and vultures are said to symbolize war, death, and misfortune, and they are even said to be depicted as familiars of witches.

Of course this is all speculation and I’m sure many people will already dispute the mystical representations that birds have, so I advise you to keep an open mind if you choose to read further.

Crow Facts

Crows are highly intelligent beings. They have the same brain/body size ratio as chimpanzees (also not far off from humans) and have an excellent memory. Dr. John Marzluff, of the University of Washington, conducted a study where a team of scientists from the university exposed crows in Seattle to a ‘dangerous face’ by wearing a mask while trapping, banding, and releasing birds at five sites. Whenever they wore the masks again, they received a very hostile response from the crows in the area, not only revealing how skilled their memory is, but also that they warn other crows as well.

There is even a whole TED Talk by Joshua Klein about how intelligent crows are.