By Boria Sax
Even though humans ordinarily don't examine them in such phrases, crows are remarkably swish: from the top of a crow’s beak to the top of its tail is a unmarried curve, which adjustments rhythmically because the crow turns its head or bends towards the floor. Foraging on their lengthy, strong legs, crows seem to float over the earth; they take flight nearly with out attempt, flapping their wings simply, ascending into the air like spirits.
Nevertheless, the whiskers round their beaks and an obvious smile make crows, in a scruffy type of means, endearingly "human". In an enormous diversity of cultures from the chinese language to the Hopi Indians, crows are bearers of prophecy. as a result of their courtship dances and monogamous unions, the Greeks invoked crows at weddings as symbols of conjugal love. Crows are one of the such a lot ubiquitous of birds, but, with no being in the slightest degree unique, they continue to be mysterious.
This booklet is a survey of crows, ravens, magpies and their family in fable, literature and lifestyles. It levels from the raven despatched out by way of Noah to the corvid deities of the Eskimo, to Taoist legends, Victorian novels and modern movies. it will likely be of curiosity to everyone who've ever been intrigued, wondered, frustrated or charmed by way of those splendidly clever birds.