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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Why do Crows hang out in such large flocks?

Crows are extremely social animals. Same goes for many other animals such as most fish, wolves, caribou, lemmings, and (to a certain extent) humans. They see value in large groups for two main reasons: 1. There are many more eyes to watch for predators, and  2. There are many more eyes when searching for food.

When a member of the group spots a safe food source (like your neighborhood?) you might see several hundred Crows. This behavior is common to lots of birds. Grackles, Starlings and sparrows come to mind.

Conversely, there are anti-social animals that see value in going it alone, or hunting in very small (often related) groups.

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