Blue Crows

Blue Crows are fairly large ravens living almost exclusively in the north of the Cylinder. Similarly to Perrots, Blue Crows are extremely intelligent, able to talk, and have complicated relations with them in of the cities they live in.   Although they are from different species, Blue Crows and Perrots tend to get along well. Individual bird communities often have both species cooperating, and some interspecies couples have been observed to form, although these couples are platonic, and viewed as taboo by humans and the more conservative members of the species.

Basic Information

Anatomy

Blue Crows are similar to most other crows, in their shape. However, they tend to be slightly larger, and have a larger head. Their feathers are black with blue iridescence, although individuals usually have a collar of white feathers around the neck.   Blue Crows often have a partly bare head, that they tend to reinforce by picking out their head feathers. They often make up their head and beak, with complex patterns of white and colors.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Blue Crows are omnivorous, they are able to digest about as varied food as humans can. What is more, they are more than half good at cooking. Traditionnal Blue crow meals are famous all around the Cylinder, and well-exported.   The staples of Crow food are invertebrates and rats for meat, although modern Crows in the south never spit on some good beef steak. Their plates are often roasted with berries and mushrooms, or smoked with some nordic spices. Mixes of spiced dry mushrooms are a delight in the mouth, that is being exported as an appetizer in almost every noble house in the Cylinder.

Additional Information

Geographic Origin and Distribution

Blue Crows mostly live in the North of the Cylinder. The southernmost community that have been seen lives a few dozen kilometers north-east of the Western Giants, though most other communities live north of the Darklands Mountain range.

Average Intelligence

Blue Crows are particularly intelligent species. They are able to speak to the same extent as Perrots, and use tools in precise ways. Although that is integrally caused by their education and social norms, Blue Crows often shine for their abilities at art and at concrete logistics among other species.

Civilization and Culture

Interspecies Relations and Assumptions

Blue crows are known to get along particularly well with Perrots and Condors. The species often form common villages, share political rights and community household together. Because of the way they move their head when moving, Crows are sometimes nicknamed "bobbers" by Perrots. On the other side, Crows often call Perrots "Nutcrackers" when referring to their diet, or "big noses". Although these expressions can easily be used by members of both species or Condors, the use of these words by humans or Mountain Hounds is seen as extremely offensive, even more than the worldwide enslavement of member of the species by humans.   Perrots and Crows being monogamous species of a similar size and intelligence, platonic love between members of the two species occur from times to times. However, they are rarely seen with a kind eye by the community. This love is often seen as unnatural, and both Crows and Perrots are forced to live in hide, to "convert" back toward more natural love, or to be banished from their community.
Scientific Name
Corvus hyacinthinus
Lifespan
60- 70 years
Average Height
50 - 60 cm
Average Weight
1.5 - 2 kg
Average Length
(Wingspan) : 140 - 160 cm


Cover image: by Pouaseuille

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