cor·​vid | \ ˈkȯr-vəd How to pronounce corvid (audio) \

Definition of corvid

: any of a family (Corvidae) of stout-billed passerine birds including the crows, jays, magpies, and the raven

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The organization acquires and distributes several bird species — excluding eagles — including hawks, falcons, condors, vultures, corvids, songbirds and water birds. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "USA TODAY NETWORK awards grants to seven Valley groups as part of giving-back initiative," 11 June 2019 At least 10 of the corvids were found dead in the incident, but Bob Sallinger, conservation director of the Portland Audubon Society, said at the time there were likely more deaths than were recorded., "Portland bans use of bird poison on city property after crow deaths," 5 June 2019 And then there’s the ravenmaster, Christopher Skaife, charged with caring for the seven corvids that reside at the Tower of London, the 11th-century walled fortress that today is one of Britain’s most popular tourist sites. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 Over the last 20 years researchers studying corvids noticed signs that hinted the creatures might be able to plan as well. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Like Humans and Apes, Ravens Can Plan for the Future," 14 July 2017 Can corvids and apes plan for the future and think about other minds because those abilities are shared way back on the family tree, where mammals shared a last common ancestor with birds? Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Ravens ignore a treat in favor of a useful tool for the future," 14 July 2017 So did corvids and apes arrive at their sophisticated intelligence in totally different ways or based on similar factors and principles? William Wan, Alaska Dispatch News, "Study shows ravens have complex reasoning skills," 14 July 2017 About the same time, researchers noticed that birds known as corvids—which include jays, crows, and ravens—also showed signs of planning. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Ravens—like humans and apes—can plan for the future," 13 July 2017 A 2016 study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offered further insight into how corvids perform functions similar to apes and chimps using only their little walnut-sized brains. National Geographic, "Watch a Problem-Solving Raven Outsmart a Trash Can," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of corvid

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corvid

from stem of New Latin Corvidae, from Corvus, a genus (going back to Latin corvus "raven") + -idae -idae — more at cornix

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