Anglo-Saxon poetry, often and not surprisingly about war, death, and mayhem, 
associates ravens with battlefields.  While a raven is not a crow,  the 
association of death (murder) with black carrion eaters is not too far-fetched.
Linda

From: bounce-61034112-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
[mailto:bounce-61034112-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Anne Clark
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 3:49 PM
To: Marie P Read
Cc: Kevin J. McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
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And the irony is the "murders" often form when (the crows fear that?) a crow is 
threatened...  They don't go after prey in flocks; they group in response to 
THEIR predators, immediate or potential.

Anne




On Jun 1, 2012, at 3:35 PM, Marie P Read wrote:


<Perhaps there is some logic behind it.> Hmmmmm...

While I do love the old poetic terms for animal gatherings, I tend to agree 
with Kevin. After all, many birds kill and eat other animals , so why crows 
should be singled out as the only murderers in the bird world I don't know. 
No-one seems to get bent out of shape when our noble Peregrine Falcon nails 
some hapless shorebird. Or our charismatic Great Horned Owl nails a bunch of 
baby Peregrines in their nest, come to think of it. How come THEY don't have 
such nicknames.

Marie



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It's a flock.  "Murder" is an insulting term, poetic or not.

Kevin



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Meena wrote:

(or is it called death of crow?)

"Murder of crows" is the old poetic phrase.
Perhaps there is some logic behind it.

John

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