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10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens

Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem. The raven has long been associated with death and dark omens, but the real bird is somewhat of a mystery. Unlike its smaller cousin the crow, not a lot has been written about this remarkable bird. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ravens. 1. Ravens are one of the smartest animals. When it comes to intelligence, these birds rate up there with chimpanzees and dolphins. If a raven knows another raven is watching it hide its food, it will pretend to put the food in one place while really hiding it in another. 2. In captivity, ravens can learn to talk better than some parrots. 3. Many European cultures took one look at this large black bird with an intense gaze and thought it was evil in the flesh … er, feather. 4. Cultures from Tibet to Greece have seen the raven as a messenger for the gods. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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