Do Crows Protect Humans?

Crows can easily make it into the list of most intelligent animals in the world.

These birds can perfectly utilize their amazing intelligence in order to thrive outside.

They may even be friends with other animals and even humans as well. 

But have you ever wondered if these birds are intelligent enough to protect us? 

Crows are intelligent birds and thinking whether these birds can protect humans is not really a superficial thought.

Unfortunately, crows do not protect humans intentionally.

There have been reported cases where crows looked like they are protecting a person by harassing others, but it does not really mean they did it to provide protection.

In reality, crows only harass someone or an animal they consider a threat.

They may also harass other animals to secure their food source. 

If you are a person who has been consistently feeding crows, it is likely that these birds consider you as their food source.

Once you have been in contact with someone they consider a threat, animal or human, they would attack it which may look like they are protecting you on the surface.

But in reality they are not (Sorry to burst your bubble!)

Let’s get into more detail in this article

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Are Crows Protective Of Humans? 

Crows are also known for being territorial and protective of their nest.

Unfortunately enough, they do not express the same protectiveness to humans.

This is because crows even perceive people as a predator or a dangerous threat they need to be wary of.

Have a read of my article – Do crows attack humans?

There are only a few cases where crows can be friendly to people – if they deem it as someone who is kind or generous to them.

They prefer people who are giving them food, much likely to give them a reason to stay near their house.

Still, this does not really mean that crows will give you a special kind of treatment where they will protect you from anything.

Can Crows Warn Humans Of Danger? 

Crows are seriously clever animals and they are more than capable of detecting dangers.

They can actually give humans a warning of danger, but it does not happen intentionally.

These birds do not really have the purpose of giving us warnings, to humans, but rather to their whole flock.

Since crows use distress calls to alert the whole flock, it is really easy to recognize which calls are meant for alerting and which calls are considered to be normal chatter.

We, humans, can take advantage of this very well.

We can be warned that something like a predator is nearby once the crows have started alerting one another.

But to intentionally warn the people of danger, crows unfortunately cannot and do not do that. 

Here’s another related article which you may find interesting – Crows cawing and circling

How Can You Tell If a Crow Likes You? 

Although many people treat crows as a nuisance, these cawing birds can still be befriended.

Some people have great relationships with crows which also indicates that the flock likes the person. 

Crows can show affection to humans by showing up.

If they are always near in your area, staying around your place, and even waiting for you, it is likely that these birds like you. 

After all, crows do not give their trust to strangers.

If they trust you enough, it is also safe to assume that they like you as a person. 

Some people even say crows bring you gifts – Is this true?

I talk about this in my article which you can check out – Will crows bring you gifts?

Do Crows Remember You If You Feed Them?

Remembering faces is as easy as pie for crows.

Thanks to their superb intelligence, crows have the ability to remember people and animals quite vividly.

In fact, these birds have amazing memories that they can remember people for up to two years long.

Crows remember faces for two reasons –

One is to remember those who have harmed them and to get revenge;

The other one is to remember the people who fed them and has the potential to become a source of food to the whole flock.

If you are feeding crows, these birds will definitely remember you.

They may also call the whole flock and inform them that they can get food from you.

This is the reason why crows often gather in the houses of people who give them food. 

Check out my two articles to see how intelligent they are (There’s a cool video in it too!)

Are crows smarter than dogs?

Are crows smarter than ravens?

How Do I Befriend a Crow?

Gaining the trust of crows can be pretty difficult and easy at the same time.

Crows do not really give their trust to anyone, unless they become familiar to you and judge you to be good.

Since crows are intelligent beings, they would not easily trust anyone and get hurt later on.

If you want to befriend a crow, you only need to give them food as much as possible and become consistent with it.

Crows trust people who give them food after all.

They would start to trust you as long as you keep giving them food on a regular basis.

To befriend them in this way, it may take a little while, but it is surely effective.

Just be totally aware of possible consequences of befriending a crow.

Once they started to trust you, they might now call their entire flock asking for food.

They may also become quite demanding which can be pretty annoying in the long run.

I go into detail and share an step by step guide in my article – How to befriend a crow?

Wrapping Up

Crows do not protect humans since they are more likely inclined in protecting themselves and their territory.

They might harass other people and animals they see as a threat.

It is also possible that crows might be thinking that their competitors are trying to steal you, someone who is their food source, away from them.

If you want to befriend crows, just consistently give them food on a regular basis.

These birds will remember you as a kind and generous person to take care of them.

With their superb intellect, crows will remember your face as vividly as how they can recall the faces of those who harmed them. 


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