Fun Fact Friday

When you google image search “baby crow,” the first picture that pops up of an adorable, fluffy bird is not actually a crow!  It’s a buff-banded rail, a species not even closely related to the crow.  Real baby crows are born altricial, meaning they are under-developed, unable to feed themselves, and featherless.  The buff-banded rail, on the other hand, is precocial, meaning it is quite self-sufficient at birth, requires little parental care, and starts out with a cute set of downy feathers.

Baby buff-banded rail. Photo credit: Buzzfeed

Buff-banded rail, not a crow!  Photo credit: Buzzfeed

2 day-old crow. Photo credit: Ryane Logsdon

2 day-old crow. Photo credit: Ryane Logsdon

Crow a few weeks after birth. Another fun fact: all crows are born with blue eyes that later turn brown!  Photo credit: Ryane Logsdon

Crow a few weeks after birth. Another fun fact: all crows are born with blue eyes! Photo credit: Ryane Logsdon

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