Updated: Jun 8, 2021
A lot of us for sure get confused on whether or not we identified a crow or raven, which makes sense because they are apart of the same family, Corvus. Ravens are pretty big compared to Crows. The Crow is closer in size to a pigeon. You'll find that the Crow has a straight beak while the Ravens beak is thicker and curves under more noticeably. The Raven sounds raspy and has long shaggy neck feathers. The Crow has makes a "caw" sound and the Raven sounds makes a "croak" sound. An easier way to identify them while they are flying is the shape of their tail. A Crows tail is similar to the shape of a rectangle or square (called a fan shape) while the Ravens is similar to a triangle because of its point (called a wedge shape). Also while the Crow flies it constantly flaps its wings instead of soaring like the Raven.
There are around 40 different species of crows. You will find that they live in many different countries, as well as many different habitats. They have been found to weigh anywhere between 12 to 57 ounces.
Something very fascinating and interesting about Crows is their intelligence. Oddly enough they have an unusually large brain considering their body to brain ratio. They can identify human faces and even share with other Crows what the human looks like. If a person is mean to a Crow, the Crow doesn't forget that humans face and will let his family and friends know their features as well. This is quite intimidating for bullies I'm sure.
When a Crow is found dead by other crows, they gather around in a group, called a murder, to identify if the crow was murdered.
Not all Crows migrate. Many of them stay close to where they were born similar to the Cardinal. However when needed, they will travel to a warmer area as close to their territory as possible. Crows could be considered family friendly due to the fact that they help raise the young of their families. They even contribute care to the Crow young in the area that they claim territory of.
Spiritual Meaning Of Crows
Transformation and Transition
When a crow is found dead, other crows gather around him or her to have what appears to be a funeral. This warms my heart knowing that crows can gather together to mourn or even give awareness to a loss.
The way the other crows gather around the transitioned (dead) crow, remind me of how our guides help us through our transitional periods in life.
We all go through these points in time where we put death to some of our prominent yet toxic traits. As we do the shadow work on ourselves we find that we are no longer interested in certain behaviors and actions. We put death to those actions and behaviors within us. And maybe beforehand those actions appeared to protect us. Maybe we felt good after indulging in that addiction. Choosing to put it to rest is a huge step. A step that our guides want to be there for.