Crows and Ravens

In the film “The Crow” none of the birds used were actually crows. All of them were in fact ravens, which are much larger than crows and have a longer more impressive beak.

They may look similar and are both highly intelligent birds, but the crow’s feathers are less shiny, and sometimes it has lighter markings. Its adaptive skills is great, it likes being in human populated areas and is more social and audacious than the more cautious raven.
Ravens often travel in pairs, while crows are seen in larger groups.
Furthermore, crows are as good as ravens at solving intelligence tests, but some researcher state that crows have an uncanny memory for human faces, and can remember if a particular person is a threat

In addition to “The Crow”, black feathered birds of all kinds have appeared in a number of movies, such the 1943 French film “Le Corbeau” , Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty”(1959), the American fantasy film “Maleficent” (2014,) Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” (1963), “The Snow Queen “, and many more.

Even Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” has been adapted into films, first in 1915, then in 1935, 1963, and 2012.
Charles Dickens’ “Barnaby Rudge”, in which the raven “Grip” is an important character, was made into a (silent) feature films in 1911 and 1915, and into a BBC TV miniseries in 1960.

crows & black birds
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19 thoughts on “Crows and Ravens

  1. What an interesting clarification. One, just as a viewer, doesn’t notice such specific things, like the types of crows that were used in the movie. Their information, without a doubt, serves to expand the knowledge of these birds and also, your writing is very entertaining.
    A hug

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  2. Luisa, I am grateful for this clear and interesting post about Crows and Ravens. I wouldn’t have noticed the difference in the movies either. I have a pair of Magpies, a couple of Blackbirds and Starlings among the dark birds coming to the garden.
    Fascinating creatures.


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  3. Et à propos des corbeaux, il y a les corbeaux de Wotan, dans la tétralogie de Wagner !
    E per quanto riguarda i corvi, ci sono le corvi di Wotan, nella tetralogia di Wagner !
    Et le corbeau de la fable : le corbeau et le Renard, de Jean de La Fontaine.
    E il corvo della afable: il corvo e la volpe, di Jean de La Fontaine.
    Buona serata, Luisa.


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