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A Murder of Crows

(DVD - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Murder of Crows
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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: [Arlington, VA] : PBS Distribution, [2010]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
ISBN: 9781608833351
1608833356
Branch Call Number: DVD 598.864 MURDER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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List - Vermin or urban wildlife? by: multcolib_tamaf Mar 27, 2014

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. Why do they annoy us so much? They like many of the same things we do.


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Dec 15, 2014
  • kalua1969 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • strider643 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • NorahHoltby rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • 8217549 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i watched it on tv. very interesting
only 45 min

Oct 08, 2011
  • JudithE rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 14, 2011
  • mj7932 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • MarieAngeB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

May 31, 2011
  • pagetrnr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've watched this one twice. It is a fascinating documentary describing experiments to determine the intelligence and linguistic ability of crows who along with ravens are likely natures most intelligent birds.

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