Halloween Animals We Love to Fear 4

Of course, the most famous raven is the creepy character in Edgar Allan Poe’s famous “The Raven” poem, a popular piece of literature every Halloween.

“Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,’ I said, `art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore –
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!’
Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore.’”

raven by EAPexpendables

The crow is often considered a bad omen of things to come or a messenger. Crows were once thought to lead the sun to the underworld. A group of crows is a murder. Black feathers and the fathomless, shiny, black eyes of the raven symbolize mystery, shape shifter, the occult and dark secrets.

Among the smartest of all birds – Native to Oregon and much of North America. They are predators, highly social and use team work. Researchers found that if a crow had a bad experience with a human that they would remember that specific human and communicated with other crows warning them of that specific person; equally they remember people they liked and would go to even without the lure of treats. They can use tools, communicate with each other non-verbally, problem solve and most impressive, they can fly upside down.

crows with tools

crows flying upside down

Crows and ravens are scavengers that will eat carrion so they, like the turkey vulture, clean up a lot of messes that other animals (including us) won’t touch with a ten foot pole!

Next Friday is Halloween, so we saved the best for last…

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Posted on October 20, 2014, in Environmental Education, seasons, Wildlife and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I use the ravens for my wildlife photography. Listening for them they have lead me to some great action!! 🙂 Such smart birds!

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