Crow mourning over a dead partner

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“I admit I have never had a good thought for crows. I see them as a nuisance. But, today I witnessed a sad story that changed my mind about them. I saw this crow staying put with a partner’s dead body. I went closer to see what happened. I could see the sadness in its eyes. It refused to move on. I was non-existence.

“I cannot remove you from my thoughts
Else, I am empty.
So many tears.
In the end, a soft quiet
Gentle slow breaths.”

Trustmind Ng
Singapore
23rd August 2018

Addendum:
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Check out these posts LINK-1 and LINK-2 where an adult Mountain Bulbul (Hypsipetes mcclellandii) reacted to its dead fledgling, apparently killed by a passing vehicle.

2. This LINK, courtesy of Jeremiah Loei, elaborates on the special qualities of crows and ravens.

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behaviour through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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One Response

  1. Lee Chiu San

    Certain bird species, among them the Corvids such as Crows and the large Parrots, are highly intelligent and very social. They form strong pair bonds, and openly display emotions such as affection for their partners. They also show clearly that they miss their companions, both avian and human. This is one of the reasons why parrots are popular as pets. No doubt, if crows were as colourful they would enjoy the same popularity too.

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