In the Company of Crows and Ravens

In the Company of Crows and Ravens

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"Crows and people share similar traits and social strategies. To a surprising extent, to know the crow is to know ourselves."--from the Preface

From the cave walls at Lascaux to the last painting by Van Gogh, from the works of Shakespeare to those of Mark Twain, there is clear evidence that crows and ravens influence human culture. Yet this influence is not unidirectional, say the authors  of this fascinating book: people profoundly influence crow culture, ecology, and evolution as well.

John Marzluff and Tony Angell examine the often surprising ways that crows and humans interact. The authors contend that those interactions reflect a process of "cultural coevolution." They offer a challenging new view of the human-crow dynamic--a view that may change our thinking not only about crows but also about ourselves.

Featuring more than 100 original drawings, the book takes a close look at the influences people have had on the lives of crows throughout history and at the significant ways crows have altered human lives. In the Company of Crows and Ravens illuminates the entwined histories of crows and people and concludes with an intriguing discussion of the crow-human relationship and how our attitudes toward crows may affect our cultural trajectory.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780300100761
Characteristics: xix, 384 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Angell, Tony


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Aug 23, 2017

Entertaining, informative, and highly readable book on the corvid family's interactions and relationships with homo sapiens by UW professor John Marzluff (whose research was used in a PBS Nature episode) and well-known NW wildlife artist Tony Angell. Birders often wonder what red-tailed hawks would have done before the invention of telephone poles/lines, but the crow is probably even more reliant on human beings and especially their cities.

Jul 13, 2016

I would have liked this book better if they had of stayed on the topic of the birds and not tried to prove points by wandering off on tangents about other animals. I constantly flipped through the pages to find key points about crows and ravens, but there is a lot of extraneous stuff to skip over. Beautifully illustrated however.

Jul 14, 2015

Referenced as source in Bell and Blackman by Diane Setterfield.

Dec 13, 2012

Members of the crow family ("corvus"), about 40 or so species worldwide, are intelligent birds, curious & adaptable. Many passages in the book seemed to be repeating the same idea; I would prefer a more condensed & straight-forward version.


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