(cont…) After some thought, I have to say that Rupert, the common raven, is my favorite bird here at Liberty Wildlife. Once Rupert came in and it was obvious that he was never going to be freed because of his early imprinting, I dove right into finding out everything I could about corvids. The corvid family is fascinating. Ravens have more brain capacity than African greys. The corvids are some of the smartest birds. I think I bought every book I found about ravens. I found myself intrigued by Rupert’s intelligence, his willingness to investigate things and the natural need to cache his favorite food items. One thing I noticed is that Rupert always covered his cache with a feather. Ravens and crows have been known to use tools, and I have not had the opportunity to see Rupert do this, but his beak makes a very good tool for digging. Rupert and I have done education programs for many years and I found that I could talk to people for hours about ravens.
With their intelligence, their ability to have fun and play just makes them that much more endearing to me. When Rupert looks at you with his dark eyes, it is as though he knows what you are thinking. Rupert is particular as to whom he likes, and if you are on his side, you get away with fewer nips. Rupert will forever hold a special place in my heart, for he is one of the reasons that I learned to love birds and all the corvids that pass through this center. He taught me that, after all, being a birdbrain is not a bad thing.