A Murder of Crows

DVD - 2011
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New research has shown that crows are among the most intelligent animals in the world, able to use tools as only elephants and chimpanzees do, able to recognize each other's voices and 250 distinct calls. Crow experts from around the world sing their praises, and present us with captivating new footage of crows as we have never seen them before.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS, [2011]
ISBN: 9781608833351
Branch Call Number: DVD 598.864 NAT
598.864 Nature
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (60 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: PBS (Firm)
Alternative Title: Murder of crows [DVD]


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Jan 11, 2019

(*Familiar crow quote*) - "Caw! Caw! Caw! Caw!"

Presented by the PBS Network through their "Nature" series - "A Murder Of Crows" is a fairly interesting, 60-minute wildlife documentary.

Through informed interviews with animal-behavior biologists from Canada, the USA, Australia, Japan, and Austria - The viewer learns just how really intelligent crows actually are.

Yes. These highly-social and ever-watchful omnivores apparently have 250 distinct calls that allows them to communicate with each other (and other animals) on a wide range of topics.

Corey G Brooks Dec 29, 2014

"William Glasser was an American Psychiatrist who past away a year ago (a year of [pivitol interest] in my life) who sought to depict mental illness as a fictional thing, and therefore [making a case for a theory of control]. Therefore if such a thing would be possible for humans then it would also be for the crow (another biological creation). I didn't see any great dissent in the thought and the documentary, yet I don't oppose the apes ability to be manlike!

Dec 15, 2014

A very well done documentary regarding the research of Crows. Following the lives of several newborn Crows, the film travels around the world interviewing scientists / researchers on their studies into the levels of intelligence of Corvids (the family to which crows and ravens belong).
Quite astounding to know that they are amongst the very few animals in the world that are capable of "planning" and "analyzing" a situation such as gathering, caching, and even pretending to hide their food when they know they are being watched by other crows; as well as its usage of twigs as tools (and even going so far as to "make" such a tool to use for a specific purpose).
The film mainly follows a team of researchers from the University of Washington (go Huskies!!) in their attempt to find out if crows are capable of not only remembering dangers, but also passing on the information to the next generation of their offsprings.

Definitely a great documentary on these often misunderstood birds. And if you love this film and animals, I highly recommend renting "Raccoon Nation" to learn about just how smart these furry little critters really are.

Mar 04, 2014

Fascinating documentary about those curious crows. Their intelligence is impressive. The crows used to gather at City Hall by the thousands during winter time. I miss them.

Jun 05, 2013

I learned a lot from watching this DVD. There is a good description of how the experiment was set up. I have a new admiration for these animals.

Dec 27, 2011

i watched it on tv. very interesting
only 45 min

Oct 08, 2011

I loved this program. Fascinating, unexpected, mind-opening.

Aug 14, 2011

I always loved crows because I noticed they were not like seagulls fighting all the time but rather they helped each other as a family. This video and research confirmed my notions and much more to realize that crows are one of the most intelligent creatures who can not only use tools but can create tools for their means. Indeed very enlightening. Damn stupid Alfred Hitchcock with his stupid movie "Birds" that was made during era when people still believed crows were bad omens and pelted them!

Jul 18, 2011

After watching this documentary, I actually started paying attention to the crows living in the city alongside of us and I saw many of the same behaviours as described in the documentary.
Definitely an eye opener and hopefully a bit more respect for the humble crow.
I've always enjoyed their company along with their cousins the ravens.

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