(noun) A casual term for birds in the family Corvidae, including crows, jays, ravens, treepies and nutcrackers. These are large, intelligent passerines that typically have a stout build and a loud, raucous voice. Corvid species are found worldwide in many different habitats, and can be adaptable to changing conditions.
Corvids are a favored family of birds and many birders enjoy their playful and mischievous antics. These are considered some of the most intelligent bird species, and scientific studies have proven that some species of corvids cooperate in flocks to hunt or find food or fashion tools to get to obscured food. These birds also have excellent memories and visual recognition skills.
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