Jungle Crow

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Jungle Crow

Jungle CrowOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Also known as: Large-billed crow
Japanese Name: ハシブトガラス
Romanised Name: Hashibutogarasu
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Corvus macrorhynchos
Distribution: Asia
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: Unknown
Read More: Jungle crow
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Jungle Crow Festival Nexon Game

The Jungle Crow is a type of bird Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Jungle Crow is shown wearing a full black Seifuku style school uniform, complete with a black knife-pleated mini skirt, a light gray underskirt, black tights, black full length gloves, black, scrunched down socks and black loafers. Her shoulder length hair is also black, with her bangs covering her left eye and fading to a gray-white color. Her eyes are a light, faded blue, and her broad feathered tail is fanned out wide and, like the rest of her coloration, black.

In Real Life

The blue-violet sheen of the jungle crow's feathers is shown off in this photo taken by Daniel Ruyle
The jungle crow is a common, widespread bird throughout Southeast Asia, with a large population in Japan. They are slightly bigger than the common American crow, with a thicker beak and more squared head making them appear more raven-like. Their nests are normally made high up on trees, usually conifers. While they used to be made with twigs, the crows have adapted to their urban environment using wire clothes hangers instead. However, jungle crows do not breed during their first year.

Jungle crows appear black, but have a blue-violet sheen to their feathers. They roost in large flocks, sometimes numbering in the thousands. They have a linear dominance hierarchy, remembered based off individual recognition. Their diet is varied, going for pretty much anything edible they can find, be it plant or animal, alive or dead.

Their call is generally the same as most other species of crow, though usually deeper in pitch. They are also occasionally witnessed mimicking woodpecker drumming. There are not many predators for the jungle crow, with most deaths being attributed to illness or parasites.

Trivia

  • Several field fires near Fushimi-Inari shrine in Kyoto have been attributed to crows flying away with lit candles for their wax, which is often made from Tallow.
  • The nests they build out of wire clothes hangers can sometimes cause blackouts when made too close to power lines. Because of this, the governor of Tokyo assembled a task force to locate and destroy crow nests made with this wire.
  • These crows take advantage of cars to crack open tough nuts. They wait for the lights to show it is safe to cross a crosswalk, place walnuts on the road, and after they are driven over and cracked open the crows fly back out at the next traffic cycle to retrieve the nut.

References

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jungle_crow

2. https://corvidresearch.blog/2015/05/01/corvid-of-the-month-the-jungle-crow/

3. http://www.avesnoir.com/the-jungle-crow/

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