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

Examples of corvid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But outside, trees are blossoming, and birds are out and about—including corvids, which have been unfairly brought into the world of global health all the sudden by the unfortunate single-letter difference in their name. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The Corvid-19 quiz: Test your knowledge of the birds, not Covid-19," 6 Apr. 2020 Of Parrots and Pigeons Ravens and New Caledonian crows are just two examples of cognitively capable corvid species. Onur Güntürkün, Scientific American, "“Birdbrain” Turns from Insult to Praise," 1 Jan. 2020 The largest evolutionary brain leap is evident in modern birds like parrots and corvids, the group that includes crows, ravens and other related birds. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "After the dinosaurs went extinct, some birds shrank in body size and kept big brains," 23 Apr. 2020 Like other corvids—a family that includes jays, ravens, crows, and magpies—this species is very vocal, and will use different alarm calls to alert the rest of the group to the presence of a predator above versus one from below, such as a snake. National Geographic, "Florida scrub jay," 3 Mar. 2020 Crows, jays and other corvids fashion tools from paper clips to fetch food. Melissa Chan, Time, "Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too," 22 Jan. 2020 If that were true, corvids and parrots should fail when tested with a wide diversity of tasks. Onur Güntürkün, Scientific American, "“Birdbrain” Turns from Insult to Praise," 1 Jan. 2020 Contrary to popular belief, a corvid does not have to have its tongue split to be able to mimic like this. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "Is it a bird or a bunny? This optical illusion of an animal is confusing the internet," 21 Aug. 2019 Because crows and scrub-jays are in the same family — corvid — whatever scares the crows will also likely scare the scrub-jays. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Attempt to scare away crows ends up pranking a hawk," 19 June 2019

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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 cornice

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“Corvid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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