Why Do Crows Make A Clicking Sound?

There’s no denying that the population of many members of the Corvidae family has only increased over the years.

And, from sunrise to sunset, you will always be able to hear a distant ‘caw caw’ of a crow.

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But, don’t be mistaken into believing that all a crow can do is caw.

Nope, these are highly intelligent beings that use a large number of different sounds to communicate.

Did you know they can talk too! Have a read of my article – Can crows talk?

Seeing how these are such clever creatures, many corvidologists believe that you may not understand what these crows are saying to one another.

But they certainly have a language often associated with very interesting behavioral patterns.

So, without further ado, let’s talk about crows and understand what their clicking, cawing, or rattling could mean.

Why Do Crows Make Strange Noises?

Crows, unlike many other bird species, are highly intelligent.

The sounds you may think are weird serve more than one purpose.

So, crows can make over 20 different calls. 

Each call is unique, and each call signifies something.

In general, crows caw to claim territory or to call their friends over for food or entertainment.

But, crow calls are also used for communication, mating calls, as a warning signal, or even when someone from their social circle is in danger.

The most fantastic aspect of crow calls is that some crow calls serve as a means to organize a raid or attack.

What Is The Knocking Sound Crows Make?

Both the crows and ravens have loud, raspy calls.

But, there is a distinct quality to each call.

The knocking sound that you know crows to make is otherwise referred to as a clicking sound.

Now, clicking sounds can be made when these birds are either in intimate conversation or cooing their young.

However, you will also hear the sharp and louder version of the knocking.

In most circumstances, when you hear a shrill knocking sound, you should know that a crow is informing its buddies that someone has tried to invade their nests or is threatening their territory.

How Do Crows Communicate With Humans?

In recent years, crows have become popular pets.

The entire image that was once given to the crow as being a creature of bad news has turned for the better.

Now, people are genuinely interested to learn about these remarkable beings famous for their ingenuity and adaptability.

Now, you can easily go on YouTube to find umpteen videos to find out how crows communicate with humans.

But, here’s a limited perspective about what crows are capable of.

You see, apart from the many different calls that crows use to communicate with each other.

Crows can mimic the calls of other birds and some sounds that humans make.

Moreover, if you’ve ever read the works of Kevin J. McGowan from the Cornell University of Ornithology, you’ll start to understand why crows are considered so fascinating.

Kevin McGowan is a renowned name in the world of avian lovers as he has obtained a Ph. D in the field of Ornithology, conducted numerous studies, and spent over 30 years trying to understand these spectacular species belonging to the Corvidae family.

According to research gathered from McGowan’s experiments, he claimed that crows are very good at recognizing human features and can tell people apart quite quickly.

Moreover, these birds are pretty adept at learning simple instructions and figuring out simple processes to obtain food or treats.

Lastly, crows are just as good at picking up simple words and mimicking them.

So, there are videos on YouTube where you will be amazed to hear crows calling out to their humans, cracking jokes, begging for food, asking for attention from their humans, and in some strange instances, even spew profanities at passersby.

What Does It Mean When A Crow Visits You?

You might think it is odd for a bird – simple beings, according to most people, would remember anything more than trying to gather food for themselves or their babies.

Crows are far from being unsophisticated.

Crows are excellent memories, and if you’ve ever done any damage to one crow, you will have to face the consequence of your wrongdoing by being pecked at by several crows every time you leave your home.

But, if you’ve ever been generous or kind towards a crow, you can be sure that this sable bird will remember the favor all of its life.

Crows have been to form lasting friendships with humans, and no, we aren’t talking about domestic birds.

Some wild crows become attached to humans that have helped them, and these birds choose to befriend the human for their kindness.

Crows are skilled at sensing danger, and when they recognize that a specific individual or situation presents no threat, they no longer shy away from them.

You will also come across videos where crows are sitting atop the shoulders of some humans, eating out of their hands.

Or you will get to view multiple crows flocking closer to humans and accepting their food offering.

In short, when a crow visits you, it is a sign that they no longer see you as dangerous or a threat to their survival.

In certain situations, crows are clever enough to visit humans that frequently offer food or snacks whenever they visit, so crows then go back to those humans more often to obtain a free meal.

In some instances, crows develop a special bond with their humans based on the crow viewing the human as part of its circle or family.

Want to be friends with a crow? Check out my article – How to befriend a crow?

Wrapping Up 

Crows have gotten some bad rap for years.

Recently, however, the fogs of misconception have finally dissipated and left humans to understand that crows are nothing if not brilliant beings.

With works from Kevin McGowan and many other kinds of research from avian experts, people have started taking a deep interest in crows and their behaviors.

These how these birds kaw and Krah is a topic of serious discussions where new insight leads to a better understanding of these species.


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