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  • adj. Pertaining to or resembling the Corvidae.
  • n. A member of the bird family Corvidae, including crows, ravens, jays, choughs, treepies etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or resembling the Corvidæ.
  • n. A crow of the family Corvidæ.


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  • Despite these objections, P. humilis has remained classified as a corvid in most standard works on Corvidae (Goodwin 1986, Madge & Burn 1999) and indeed in most general works on birds.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • My most recent discovery of evidence of corvid intelligence is this video of some Russian ravens who are clearly playing in the snow just for the fun of it.

    David Mizejewski: Corvids Are Oddly Intelligent

  • There is the study that showed how a Eurasian corvid called a rook figured out that it could raise the level of water in a pitcher by adding rocks to it, just like in the ancient Aesop fable, so it could get a drink.

    David Mizejewski: Corvids Are Oddly Intelligent

  • Sometimes a solitary corvid would cry a single rising note that hung in the air, and it sounded to me like a question thrown against the sky.


  • Picking nits, I know, but the car wash thief looks like a starling (not a corvid).

    Crows Birds stealing coins from car wash? - Boing Boing

  • After a long amateur study of corvid behavior, he's come up with an elegant machine that may form a new bond between animal and human.

    Boing Boing

  • It bore no resemblance to any corvid that had ever lived, but somehow the lines managed to convey an expression of fierce intelligence.

    Blood Lite II: Overbite

  • It was a black feather, roughly as long as his hand, probably from a corvid, like a crow, or perhaps a raven.

    Elephant in the City

  • Three points, all empty declarative, rising tone [you got your cheer from corvid, yeah], saying nothing except 'attack' while cutting off discussion.

    Obama And Lobbyists: What's The Real Story?

  • “But finding that rooks can do it as well seems to suggest that it is a capacity of the whole corvid family.”

    Invoking the Magic of the Mind - by Joe Kloc


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