Domino, die Trauerkrähe (Corvus albus)

Domino, the Pied Crow (Corvus albus)

Maree Clarkson

Ballito, Südafrika

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Domino, the Pied Crow (Corvus albus)

W&N Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
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This is Domino, a Pied Crow I found as a fledgling. It first I thought he had fallen out of the nest, but he was already quite well-feathered and it soon became clear to me that his parents had actually abandoned him after discovering that he had a slight curvature of the spine, which gave him a slight swinging from left to right gait when he walked.

The title of the world’s most intelligent bird goes to the African Grey Parrot, followed closely by crows. In the 2 years that Domino spent with me, it became clear that he was extremely intelligent, devising many methods on how to get into the house when he wanted to come and visit. These ranged from knocking on the doors and windows with his beak to circling the house and finding an open window. We had windows that opened from bottom to top, not sideways like most windows, and is extremely effective in keeping out unwanted visitors, but Domino always managed to find a way of getting from the window sill up onto the bottom of the frame and then walking through the house, squawking as if to ask, “where is everybody?”

Another antic of his was to pull the kitchen cupboard doors open and scrounging for something to eat, causing a great lot of havoc in the process, scattering breakfast cereal or anything else that wasn’t to his liking all over the floor. He was exactly like having a toddler around the house and everything from dangerous chemicals to medicines and anything in plastic wrappers had to be kept in a safe place, out of his reach. As was files and filing, which he would shred to pieces if he got the chance! The lifespan of crows is about 30 years, so I presume “toddler-hood” could last quite a few years!

Unfortunately, after two lovely years of enjoying his love (they are extremely lovable and fond of being cuddled), we one morning woke to his remains scattered beneath the tree in which he slept, the culprit was probably a Genet, as we often had trouble with them trying to enter our chicken coop.

The Pied Crow occurs across sub-Saharan Africa, absent only from areas of Somalia and Ethiopia, as well as much of eastern Botswana, the Northern Cape and western Namibia. It has become prolific, as its numbers and range are expanding especially in the Karoo. It often occupies savanna woodland and bushy shrub-land, but it is becoming more and more common in farmland, urban and suburban areas.


28th January 2018 – FEATURED in “African Art and Photography”
2nd February 2018 – FEATURED in “Country Bumpkin”
5th February 2018 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa”
11th February 2018 – FEATURED in “Yahoo—Doodles”
28th February 2018 – FEATURED in “Indigenous to East and Southern Africa”
30th April 2018 – FEATURED in “My Metamorphosis”

Künstler-Statement

Domino, the Pied Crow (Corvus albus)

W&N Watercolour on Bockingford 300gsm
.
This is Domino, a Pied Crow I found as a fledgling. It first I thought he had fallen out of the nest, but he was already quite well-feathered and it soon became clear to me that his parents had actually abandoned him after discovering that he had a slight curvature of the spine, which gave him a slight swinging from left to right gait when he walked.

The title of the world’s most intelligent bird goes to the African Grey Parrot, followed closely by crows. In the 2 years that Domino spent with me, it became clear that he was extremely intelligent, devising many methods on how to get into the house when he wanted to come and visit. These ranged from knocking on the doors and windows with his beak to circling the house and finding an open window. We had windows that opened from bottom to top, not sideways like most windows, and is extremely effective in keeping out unwanted visitors, but Domino always managed to find a way of getting from the window sill up onto the bottom of the frame and then walking through the house, squawking as if to ask, “where is everybody?”

Another antic of his was to pull the kitchen cupboard doors open and scrounging for something to eat, causing a great lot of havoc in the process, scattering breakfast cereal or anything else that wasn’t to his liking all over the floor. He was exactly like having a toddler around the house and everything from dangerous chemicals to medicines and anything in plastic wrappers had to be kept in a safe place, out of his reach. As was files and filing, which he would shred to pieces if he got the chance! The lifespan of crows is about 30 years, so I presume “toddler-hood” could last quite a few years!

Unfortunately, after two lovely years of enjoying his love (they are extremely lovable and fond of being cuddled), we one morning woke to his remains scattered beneath the tree in which he slept, the culprit was probably a Genet, as we often had trouble with them trying to enter our chicken coop.

The Pied Crow occurs across sub-Saharan Africa, absent only from areas of Somalia and Ethiopia, as well as much of eastern Botswana, the Northern Cape and western Namibia. It has become prolific, as its numbers and range are expanding especially in the Karoo. It often occupies savanna woodland and bushy shrub-land, but it is becoming more and more common in farmland, urban and suburban areas.


28th January 2018 – FEATURED in “African Art and Photography”
2nd February 2018 – FEATURED in “Country Bumpkin”
5th February 2018 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa”
11th February 2018 – FEATURED in “Yahoo—Doodles”
28th February 2018 – FEATURED in “Indigenous to East and Southern Africa”
30th April 2018 – FEATURED in “My Metamorphosis”

Kommentare zum Design

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