How do you talk to crows?

Answered by James Kissner

When it comes to communicating with crows, there are a few key calls you can use to get their attention and interact with them. Crows are highly intelligent birds and have the ability to understand and respond to certain vocalizations. By imitating their calls, you can establish a form of communication with them. Let’s explore two specific calls: the “Fighting call” and the “Feeding call”.

The “Fighting call” is a distinctive and exciting call that crows use to assert their dominance or defend their territory. To imitate this call, you can make two long caws, followed by two short caws, and then end with a final long caw. It would sound something like this: “cawww-cawww-caw-caw-cawww”. The key here is to imitate their rhythm and intensity. By using this call, you can grab the attention of nearby crows and potentially engage them in a vocal exchange.

On the other hand, the “Feeding call” is a more relaxed and inviting call that crows use to communicate when they have found a food source. This call is an alternating series of short and long caws. You can make eight short caws and then follow with eight long caws, creating a repetitive pattern. After completing the series, pause for a second or two and then repeat the call. It would sound like this: “caw-caww, caw-caww”. By using this call, you can signal to crows that there is food available and potentially attract them to your location.

It’s important to note that crows are highly individualistic and may respond differently to these calls based on their own experiences and personalities. Some crows may be more receptive and interactive, while others may be more cautious or distant. Building a relationship with crows takes time and patience. It’s best to start by imitating their calls softly and gradually increasing the volume as you gauge their response.

In addition to vocalizations, you can also communicate with crows through non-verbal cues. For example, you can establish trust by consistently providing them with food in a designated area. Crows have excellent memory and can recognize human faces, so if you consistently show yourself to be a friend and source of food, they may become more comfortable and responsive to your presence.

In my personal experience, I have had the opportunity to interact with crows in my backyard. By imitating their calls and leaving out food for them, I was able to establish a connection with a few individuals. Over time, they became more comfortable and would even bring their fledglings to visit. It was a fascinating experience to witness their intelligence and ability to recognize me.

To summarize, talking to crows involves imitating their calls such as the “Fighting call” and the “Feeding call”. By using these vocalizations and establishing trust through consistent food offerings, you can potentially communicate and develop a relationship with these remarkable birds. Remember, each crow is unique, so be patient and respectful in your interactions.