Nature Photography Challenge (wild creatures, plants and places only)

A regular photography contest for Nature lovers who love to learn and teach.

(Birds Category) - Family - Covids - Crow Family

This challenge closed about 5 years ago.

The Challenge

The 9th in our new challenge layout catering for all aspects of nature for us nature lovers.

As you can see the title will start with the category which will make it easier for me when choosing what challenge to do next, I can see the challenges I have already run in this category.

For this challenge please add your images of CROWS, RAVENS, ROOKS, JACKDAWS, JAYS, MAGPIES, TREEPIES, CHOUGHS and NUTCRACKERS.

Interesting Facts

> There are over 120 species within the Corvid family.

> They are considered the most intelligent of the birds, and among the most intelligent of all animals having demonstrated self-awareness in mirror tests (European Magpies) and tool making ability (Crows, Rooks).

> Their total brain to body ratio is equal to that of great apes and cetaceans, and only slightly lower than in humans.

> The natural diet of many corvid species is omnivorous, consisting of invertebrates, nestlings, small mammals, berries, fruits, seeds, and carrion.

> Some corvids have strong organization and community groups. Jackdaws, for example, have a strong social hierarchy, and are facultatively colonial during breeding. Young corvids have been known to play and take part in elaborate social games.

> When compared to dogs and cats in an experiment testing the ability to seek out food according to three-dimensional clues, corvids out-performed the mammals.

> Corvid ingenuity is represented through their feeding skills, memorization abilities, use of tools, and group behaviour.

> One Carrion Crow was documented to crack nuts by placing them on a crosswalk, letting the passing cars crack the shell, waiting for the light to turn red, and then safely retrieving the contents.

> A group of crows in England took turns lifting garbage bin lids while their companions collected food.

> Members of the corvid family have been known to watch other birds, remember where they hide their food, then return once the owner leaves.

> New Caledonian Crows (Corvus moneduloides) are notable for their highly developed tool fabrication. They make angling tools of twigs and leaves trimmed into hooks, then use the hooks to pull insect larvae from tree holes. Tools are engineered according to task and apparently also to learned preference.

Information courtesy of Wikipedia

Judging / Voting Criteria

Vote for your favourite!

Rewards & Prizes

1st place winners will have their photo used as the group Avatar for a period of time.
Then 1st, 2nd and 3rd will have their photo’s posted on the groups Feature Board.
1st place member will be become a featured member.

Additional Information


Cover Image: Smart & Funny and Works For Peanuts by paintingsheep


The Top Ten

Smart & Funny and Works For Peanuts by paintingsheep

Smart & Funny and Works For Peanuts by paintingsheep was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 5 votes.

  • Jay Peck by Martin Smart
  • Crow by George Lenz
  • White-necked Raven by mojgan
  • European Magpie (Pica pica) by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
  • ~Nevermore~ by a~m .
  • This is my best side... by DaveHrusecky
  • Raven, totem bird ... by steppeland
  • The Watcher - Australian Crow by MiloAddict
  • The Regal Glance by Ken McElroy

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