Crows & Why they are SO COOL!
Young corvids are very investigative, and love to handle objects. They like to pick them up, peck at them, and then hide them. Most corvid species hide food for later retrieval (some, like the nutcrackers in the genus Nucifraga, are extreme, hiding and remembering thousands and thousands of seeds). Juvenile birds “play” with inedible objects, picking them up, pecking them, and eventually hiding them. (Play is just doing appropriate actions with inappropriate objects, just like children playing house.) In the wild, they would play with sticks, stones, acorn caps, and things like that. In captivity, they will do the same thing to just about anything small and portable, and they may be attracted to shiny things, like keys, coins, or the like. Most corvids are “scatter hoarders” and hide only one or a few things in any one location (rather than being “larder hoarders” that store everything in one place, like a packrat). So if your pet crow hid your keys, don’t expect to find them in the same place that you find your diamond ring.
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Check out this video on the intelligence of crows. You might be surprised!!