This Video Shows How Easy It Is To Know The Language of Crows… Can you spot the Owl?
Sorry about the background noise in this clip.
I couldn’t resist sharing because it’s such a perfect example of crows alarming at a barred owl.
I want to point out 2 specific auditory clues to listen for when you want to identify crow alarms.
#1 – The Number of Crows Vocalizing
Notice that it’s not just one bird.
There’s a whole pack of them, which should immediately catch your attention compared to times when it’s just one or two crows making noise.
#2 – There’s a tremendous amount of variation in pitch, volume and intensity of the sound
This is a really good sign that the crows are responding dynamically to some shifting aspect of the landscape… In this case a barred owl, but it can also be hawks, eagles, cats, or rival families of crows/ravens.
That’s how easy it is to understand what crows are saying!
If you want to go deeper with this skill I encourage you to check out the full Crow Language Home Study Course. It goes very deep into the communication, body language & behavior of Crows 🙂