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Are you ready to critique mother nature with the same passion you feel for movies, music, books, television, and video games? Haven't animals had it a little too easy for a little too long? Ranking the Kingdom is an attempt to review animals and finally decide once and for all who deserves to be on top. And while the host will give a score at the end of each episode, it's up to all of us to truly decide what the most badass, high-class, top brass, karate-kickin', take-no-names', no-nonsense, no-prisoners, nonstick, easy-glide animal out there is! Are you ready to decide?
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Dec 19, 2016

In our latest episode of Ranking the Kingdom we learn just how unlucky the number 13 really is.

This latest episode was delayed due to computer errors, but Ranking the Kingdom is back in full force this week with our 13th animal review: The Crow. This is an episode brimming with coolness. Overflowing, even. We have vast armies of raven species ready to join the fight, a man with a conversational understanding of the Crow language, and masked scientists putting bracelets on birds in the name of progress! And that's only the tip of the iceberg. The genus Corvus gets a dressing down this time around, but you may be surprised at just how well these birds would do in the Animal War on War Apocalypse. Listen in to see how they fare.

If you are new to the show and don't quite get how this whole "ranking animals" thing works, please head on over to the show's website for a quick explanation of the rating system. Also subscribe and rate Ranking the Kingdom on iTunes, and don't hesitate to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@rankthekingdom) for the occasional update.

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Episode Guide:

 (0:00 - 5:16) - Intro: Head-to-Heads, Schedule, Ranking.

 (5:29 - 14:44) - Unsorted Facts: Forty-Five, Averages, Wikipedia. 

 (14:44 - 26:25) - Instinct/ Evolution: Smart, Masks, Wolves

 (26:35 - 31:57) - Offense/ Defense: Lambs, Claws, Mobs.

 (32:07 - 43:33) - Society/ Resourcefulness: Thieves, Playing, Language.

 (43:43 - 53:58) - Legacy/ Future: Murder, Hitchcock, AllAboutBirds.org.

 (54:08 - 1:08:25) - The Ranking: In which the Crow is weighed, measured, and not found wanting.

Pictures:

(Common Raven Map)

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Corvus_corax_map,_transparent_background.png

(Bird face)

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/crow-brains-reveal-secrets-their-intelligence/

(Which is which?)

https://authormarycsimmons.com/tag/crow-and-raven-myths/

(Smart water displacement stuff)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flInOjXqW-A

(Ravens stealing wolf food)

http://news.softpedia.com/news/10-Amazing-Facts-About-Ravens-70914.shtml#sgal_0

(It's possible the birds thought the scientists were serial killers)

http://www.nwf.org/news-and-magazines/national-wildlife/birds/archives/2013/crows-recognizing-faces.aspx

(NOTE: THIS IS NOT A BABY CROW. I was wrong about this being a baby crow, see below for a picture of a real baby crow, followed by an adolescent crow. The above bird is a Corn Crake chick, whatever the heck that is.)

http://www.thatcutesite.com/uploads/2012/01/cute_baby_crow.jpg

(A Real Baby Crow... Not as Flattering)

http://coyot.es/thecorvidblog/2013/10/13/i-am-not-a-baby-crow/

(24 Day Old Crow. Reasonably Cute.)

(A murder of crows. Or flock.)

http://thumbs.watchdocumentary.com/original/7a56cca16-1.jpg

 

Sources:

Thank you to Silent Partner for the intro/ transition/ outro music, Cloud Patterns

And thank you to the following sources for all of the free information:

http://birdnote.org/show/ravens-and-crows-who-who (Differences Between Crows and Ravens)

https://www.beautyofbirds.com/crowintelligence.html (Crow Intelligence)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corvus (Crovus’, Raven Kills Lamb)

http://www.nwf.org/news-and-magazines/national-wildlife/birds/archives/2013/crows-recognizing-faces.aspx (Crows Recognize  Faces)

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/dinner-guests-how-wolves-and-ravens-coexist-at-kills/ (Wolves and Ravens)

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2014-12-05-eyes-wide-sideways-why-crows-are-left-or-right-beaked (Crow “Handedness”)

http://www.isleroyalewolf.org/node/43 (Wolves and Ravens: Part Deux)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_ta33bMB70 (Crows Playing on Car)

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/06/060606-crows.html (Crow Trickery/ Tool Use)

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/a-murder-of-crows-crow-facts/5965/ (Murder of Crows)

http://www.ted.com/talks/joshua_klein_on_the_intelligence_of_crows (Crows Throwing Out Garbage)

http://mynorthwest.com/20862/angry-birds-crow-attack-season-underway-in-western-washington/ (Crow Attack Season Underway)

http://auburnpub.com/news/opinion/editorial/crows-remain-an-auburn-problem/article_e04bf3f7-5921-5aea-bf6d-2e2ef15922f0.html (Population of 50,000 Crows just won’t SHUT UP)

https://books.google.com/books?id=jkiTQ8dIIHsC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Animal+Play:+Evolutionary,+Comparative+and+Ecological+Perspectives.&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj46_7iseDQAhUY0mMKHTgPDOUQ6AEIGjAA#v=onepage&q=raven&f=false (Animal Play: Evolutionary, Comparative, and Ecological Perspectives, Page 38)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dWw9GLcOeA (Crow Sledding Video)

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Crow/lifehistory (American Crow Population, American Crow Facts)

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Raven/lifehistory (Common Raven Population)

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Chihuahuan_Raven/lifehistory (Chihuahuan Raven Population)

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Fish_Crow/lifehistory (Fish Crow Population)

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northwestern_Crow/lifehistory (Northwestern Crow Popluation)

http://www.partnersinflight.org/ (Partners in Flight)

https://in.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090710232957AAe2he6 (Dumb Yahoo Answer)

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-06/how-crows-recognize-individual-humans-warn-others-and-are-basically-smarter-you (Popular Science - Crows Recognize Faces)

http://thisscientificlife.scientopia.org/2009/04/05/human-eyes-speak-volumes-to-birds/ (Jackdaws and Human Eyes)

http://play.psych.mun.ca/~mont/pdfs/Birds%20I%20View%20148%20-%20Attacking%20Crows.pdf (Attempted Crow Murder)

http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/crow-communication (Crow Communication)

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/winged-pirates-kleptoparasitism-as-a-lifestyle/ (Kleptoparasitism)

Thank you as well to the following musicians for providing their tracks royalty free on Youtube:

Clean Soul - Calming by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
 
I Am Running Down the Long Hallway of Viewmont Elementary by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
 
CGI Snake by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
 
We Always Thought the Future Would Be Kind of Fun by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
 
Transcend by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
 
Passing Time By Kevin MacLeod
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