-- DAMAGES --
When crows are flocking, hundreds of these very noisy pest birds overwhelm trees or buildings, creating tremendous amounts of noise and harassing both people and animals. Other crow problems occur when there is a buildup of their feces which can lead to structural damage because the uric acid in the droppings can corrode stone, metal and masonry. The bacteria, fungal agents and parasites found in crow droppings is a serious health risk. Crows are most often the source of agricultural bird problems due to their fondness for corn and other crops, especially when newly planted. Crows are scavengers and will eat a wide variety of things including insects, frogs, small snakes, eggs, mice, injured crows, dead animal carcasses. It's also been reported that crows will pull garlic bulbs out of the ground not to eat but to look for insects under the bulb. These highly intelligent birds are very social and the flock is in constant communication with each other, making hunting or capturing crows very difficult. Crows will gather in massive feeding flocks at certain times of the year, joining with other flocks to form enormous roosts.
-- DANGERS --
After the Northridge earthquake in California, several hundred people came down with flu-like respiratory symptoms. The ailment was called "Valley Fever" and was caused by people breathing in dust and airborne debris filled with histoplasmosis spores and related fungal agents. These agents are found in bird droppings. The bird droppings promote their growth. Several thousand people a year become infected, with the vast majority of them displaying flu-like symptoms. Some however, display serious symptoms causing death or long hospitalization.
Nuisance birds harbor ticks, fleas, mites and other ectoparasites, which live on these birds, in their nests and in places they roost. These parasites are responsible for the transmission of several hundred viral and bacterial agents. These diseases include: the plague, encephalitis, pox and meningitis. Control of these parasites is a crucial phase of containing health hazards to humans.
The last, and most rare, mode of transmitting any of these diseases is through direct contact with feces. This situation occurs when people get fecal dust or droppings in an open wound or open cut when cleaning or repairing a site. Infection can occur at the location of the wound or, in serious cases, blood and internal infection can also occur. Proper attire and care must always be taken when cleaning a bird site or installing bird control products.
-- THE CROW --
The crow is a large black bird belonging to the family of Passerine birds that comprise the genus Corvus in the family Corvidae. They can be found everywhere except South America and Antarctica. Crows are very similar to the raven in appearance, but are smaller and less heavily billed. Like the ravens, crows are among the most intelligent and adaptable of birds. Crows grow to about 50cm (20 inches) long and are commonly colored a glossy black, they can live up to 13 years in the wild and more than 20 years in captivity. The typical call of a crow is a loud and harsh caw-caw-caw or crah-crah-crah.
Crows at times roost together in great numbers, when wintering for warmth and protection. A single flock can number many hundreds or thousands. In literary terms, the collective noun for a group of crows is a murder, however most people today, use the more generic term of flock or horde. Each mating pair will have its own nest, which is usually built high up in tall trees and made of sticks and twigs. Here the female will lay and incubate three to eight greenish-to-olive eggs, which when hatched, both parents then care for the young.
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