Crows: Encounters with the Wise Guys of the Avian World

Based on more than a decade of research, Crows offers an accurate, humorous and wide-ranging introduction to these fascinating birds. Who would have guessed that there are more than 40 species of ravens and crows, all variations on a theme, cawing and croaking their way through the woodlands of North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and various South Sea islands? (Of the temperate continents, only South America doesn’t know the charms of these amusing, intelligent birds.) Topics explored include evolution, distribution, diet and food-getting practices (including their ingenious use of tools), social behavior (including the many crow “languages”) and impact on the human imagination, as reflected in mythology, literature and popular aphorisms. Appealing to both the avid birder or the more casual nature lover, Crows is rich in insight, humor and stories.