Thursday 9 July 2020

Ravens Can Talk - Amazing Smart Animals

This amazing talking bird (kind of like a parrot) is Mischief the White-Necked Raven.  These ravens are found throughout eastern and southern Africa, and are common near human habitation. Like all members of the Corvidae family, ravens are extremely intelligent smart birds. These birds have been known to get tools to get food if necessary. They can even mimic human speech. Ravens are some of the smartest of all animals.

The main diet of White-Necked Ravens is fruit, insects, and small reptiles. Amazingly, if they find a small tortoise to eat, they will lift it up and drop it to the ground to break the shell.

Ravens display a strange behavior in the wild called "anting". Anting is a maintenance behaviour during which birds rub small insects, usually ants, on their feathers and skin. The bird may pick up the insects in its bill and rub them on the body, or the bird may lie in an area of high density of the insects and perform dust bathing-like movements.

Many people are puzzled by what is the purpose of anting.

It seems that the insects secrete liquids containing chemicals such as formic acid, which can act as an insecticide, miticide, fungicide, or bactericide. Alternatively, anting could make the insects edible by removing the distasteful acid. Anting could also possibly supplement the bird's own preen oil. Instead of ants, birds can also use other insects, such as millipedes. Amazingly, more than 200 species of bird are known to "ant."

A possibly related behaviour, self-anointing, is seen in many various mammals.

Self-anointing in animals, sometimes called anointing or anting, is a behaviour whereby a non-human animal smears odoriferous (having or giving off a smell, especially an unpleasant or distinctive one) substances over themselves. These substances are often the secretions, parts, or entire bodies of other animals or plants.

Anting is a weird bird behavior. The first scientific writings of this behaviour dates back to 1831. American ornithologist John James Audubon described wild juvenile turkeys that "wallowed" in abandoned ant hills. There have been also descriptions about how ants remove parasites from a tame crow, while the crow is foraging for food. There have been descriptions of strange relationship birds had with ants. "Anting" is translated to different languages in different ways.

The common raven (Corvus corax), also known as the northern raven, is a large all-black passerine interesting bird. The bird is found across the Northern Hemisphere. It is the most widely distributed of all corvids. There are at least 8 subspecies with little variation in appearance.

Common ravens have certainly coexisted with humans for thousands of years. In some areas, they have been so numerous that people have regarded them as pests. These birds have an omnivorous diet. For nutrition, they feed on carrion, insects, cereal grains, berries, fruit, small animals, nesting birds and even food waste.

Some notable feats of smart problem-solving provide evidence that the common raven is unusually intelligent (compared to other animals). Over the centuries, ravens have been the subject of mythology, folklore, art and literature. Some places think of ravens like spiritual figures or godlike creatures.

Some people had no clue that ravens could talk. They sound more realistic then parrots, sometimes. It's like a "talking" dinosaur. Some ravens sounds more humanlike than parrots.

Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman, also known mononymously as Raven, is an American actress, singer, songwriter and producer.

That's So Raven is an American supernatural sitcom.

Crows are different from Ravens. You probably know that ravens are larger birds. Ravens are about the size of a Red-tailed Hawk. Ravens often travel in pairs. However, crows are seen in larger groups. Pay attention to the bird's tail as it flies overhead. The crow's tail feathers are basically the same length, so when the bird spreads its tail, it opens like a fan that way.

The three-eyed raven was an ancient and immensely powerful greenseer who could perceive the past, present and future through visions. It could time travel with ease. This is a mysterious mythical bird.

Raven tattoos can certainly have both positive and negative meanings. It depends how the bird is drawn in artwork.

"The Raven" is an interesting well-known poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in January 1845. The poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language and supernatural atmosphere.

In Poe's famous poem "The Raven," a person slowly goes mad from grief. He asks the raven if Lenore (lost person) is in heaven, and again, it answers, "nevermore." In the end, the speaker goes insane. It is possible that the word "nevermore" can mean here that he will never be sane again.

Raven Software is an American video game developer based in Wisconsin and founded in 1990.


  1. I thought only parrots and songbirds can mimic human speech. Ravens now?

    1. There might be more birds that can sound like humans.

      Birds that mimic human speech can include:
      mynah bird

      Several members of the corvids or crow family, such as ravens, can mimic human speech. The best talking crows may be the ones found in captivity at zoos and wildlife centers.

      There was also a case of an Asian elephant named Koshik that can imitate human speech, speaking words in Korean that can be readily understood by those who know the language. The elephant accomplishes this in a most unusual way: he vocalizes with his trunk in his mouth.