The Black Crow Superstition
My Story and Research
During our evening walk around the neighborhood, my daughter and I saw many black crows flying above our heads. As we entered a certain spot on the sidewalk, the crows started squawking louder and came closer and closer to our heads. To our surprise, there was a smaller black crow lying between the sidewalk curb and the street. It was also squawking pretty loud. My daughter automatically said, "Oh Mom, please help the poor bird."
Covering my head and telling my daughter to hurry, I walked passed the hurt black crow and headed home. Why did I not help it? I was and I am still a little black crow superstitious. Have you ever heard that they are bad luck? Or that the black crow represents death? The superstition is silly to some people, but to others, the superstition is taken very seriously.
What seemed like an hour, speed-walking home, was really only a five minute walk back. My daughter couldn't wait to get home and tell her dad about the hurt black crow. Although I felt guilty for not stopping and helping the injured crow, I knew my boyfriend wouldn't hesitate to help the injured animal. He loves exotic animals and exotic pets. Like I figured, my daughter and her dad grabbed a box and walked down the block to rescue the crow.
Within minutes, they were on the porch petting, examining, and talking to the injured bird. Peeking my head out the front door, it seemed like the crow was as big as a raven. However, the crow was just a baby bird. As my boyfriend carried the crow into the house, I closed my eyes and crossed my fingers, praying it would not bring any bad luck or deaths,
The black crow's feathers were all ruffled and it looked as if a cat or predator attacked it. You can see the original photo taken of the injured black crow at the top of this article. There was no noticeable blood or broken limbs on the crow. Therefore, we assumed that the bird must of fell out of its nest and couldn't yet fly.
Not knowing what next to do with the bird, I got online and did some research on black crow superstition, diseases and general information.
I thought I would write this article to not only share my superstition story but to also clue other people in on what information is needed if they find an injured black crow or exotic animal that needs cared for.
What do black crows eat? Crows are omnivores and they will eat just about anything. They are known to eat on dead fish or animals. They will also eat human garbage, eggs, fish, mice, worms and frogs. Their diet should consist of a lot of protein. If you have found a black injured crow, you should try to feed it various grains and or unsalted sunflower seeds if you don't have worms on hand.
Do they carry diseases? People usually associate black crows to the West Nile Virus infection. Therefore, the population of black birds have decreased since 1999. Research studies of the black crow disease (West Nile Virus), shows that it can not be transmitted to humans. I do recommend anyone in contact with any exotic animal should not place the animal near their face. Make sure after handling a black crow or an exotic animal that you wash your hands in soap and hot water. Some people have said that crows and other exotic animals also carry animal or bird lice.
So what about the superstition? Many people believe that black crows represent death and the superstition continues to travel because of their reputation. People believe this superstition because they eat dead animals and flocks or groups of crows are known as " A Murder".
Bird Intelligence? Many people are not aware that the black crow is one of the most intelligent birds. Their communications and abilities to survive show great intelligence. The are known to mimic other bird sounds and some believe they learn to talk better than most pet birds.
Can you keep one as a pet? It is not recommended to keep a black crow as a pet. Crows need to be with other crows and if you see a crow that isn't able to fly, you should call animal patrol or safely place the bird in the nearest tree. Crows have many family members that will help them learn how to fly, eat and protect themselves.
So back to my story about the crow that we rescued. We babied the crow and kept it overnight. Throughout the night, the bird perched on my boyfriend's finger and was very tame. He then let it rest in the cardboard box. He placed a clean towel down for padding, gave it water and tried to feed it. However, the bird just rested and had no appetite. My daughter and boyfriend was able to pet the bird without any problems. I on the other hand, kept my distance from it.
In the early morning, the black crow was making loud squawking noices. My boyfriend took the crow out to the patio to see if it was able to fly yet. Unfortunately, the bird could not yet fly. Outside we could see the crow's family flying around and squawking loudly. It was like the crow's parents were looking for their baby. We then decided to take the black crow back to where we found it so that the crows family could find him/her. The older crows recognized their baby and started being very protective. Loud Cah-Cah noices and swooping over my boyfriend's head getting closer and closer.
Later that day we went to go check on the crow and it was gone. We believe it was either hiding from people or it was able to follow its family to a safe habitat. Overall, it was a great experience and hopefully the exotic bird is safe. If you have had a similar animal rescue experience, please take time to comment below this post. I would enjoy learning more about black crows, exotic animals and exotic pets.